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Fairing Recovery and Reuse

destructure00

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Mar 2, 2019
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Thank you for the information.
- Do you think SpaceX/Go will have boats both in the Pacific and the Atlantic, so a total of four boats?
- I read that Ms.Tree ("Mystery") got a third set of arms and net?
Do you know if the the second set was damaged, or it it was replaced by a smaller or a larger set?

Second set was presumably damaged in rough water. Ship returned to port back in February from an attempted catch with only 2 arms.

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Electroman

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How did they manage to spot and recover from pitch darkness at night? Does this have some kind of light or radio beacon?
 

sailorjohn

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My son is the guy who gets the fairing half out of the ocean. He was out on Go Searcher. They were 5 days out and haven't got in yet, but I understand that everything went as planned. Go Searcher is the ship designed for recovery of the Dragon Crew Capsule but it has been doing fairing recovery too. M.Tree caught one in the net ant Go Searcher retrieved the one in the ocean.
 

Electroman

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My son is the guy who gets the fairing half out of the ocean. He was out on Go Searcher. They were 5 days out and haven't got in yet, but I understand that everything went as planned. Go Searcher is the ship designed for recovery of the Dragon Crew Capsule but it has been doing fairing recovery too. M.Tree caught one in the net ant Go Searcher retrieved the one in the ocean.
Cool.

How do they know so accurately where will the fairing drift and fall? Unlike propulsive landing, with wind and so many parameters, the thing could land several miles away.
 

mongo

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I wonder if the fairing parachute is controlled autonomously or if it has a fly by wire human pilot?

Is Ms Tree autonomous?

If yes to both, what an elegant and awesome software system!
My understanding is the fairing is self guided and the recovery ship is too when the fairing is in range (fairing feeds projected landing point based on trajectory and may attempt to steer toward ship)
 
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Grendal

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SpaceX just acquired Ms. Tree's sister ship renamed Ms. Chief! Now they'll be capturing both fairing halves.
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e-FTW

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I was thinking that today’s performance (successful Starlink-1 launch) is certainly huge for re-use of course. All of the mechanical bits worked.
But is the main concern not about contamination of the payload by a non-clean-room fairing? And to evaluate how successful that part of this re-use would take a long time, deducted from satellite performance/longevity?
 

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