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New Ship for Fairing Recovery


SpaceX Moderator
Jan 31, 2012
Santa Fe, New Mexico
What is interesting about the ship itself ? That looks like a fairly standard offshore supply vessel with a typical lightweight subsea fitout MV SHELIA BORDELON The interesting aspect surely is why the normal fairing recovery vessels are both unavailable ? Am I missing something ?

Both Ms. Tree and Ms. Chief are being re-outfitted for recovery operations with the upcoming Commercial Crew launches and recoveries: Crew 2 is going up and Crew 1 is coming back.
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New electron smell
Aug 23, 2015
San Francisco, CA
That makes me a little sad.
But it makes sense: the majority of launches are Starlink, and they have no qualms about re-using sea-soaked fairings on those (since they don’t appear to need clean-room condition fairing halves for Starlink). That leaves only a handful of customer missions a year that would be open to re-used fairings but that would also require ones that were caught in a net.
They made it happen, more than once. We got cool footage, thanks SpaceX!
A new recovery ship went out an hour ago for training with two fairing halves.
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Does it have a huge net? or are they letting it fall to water and then pick it up?

why such a huge (meaning less nimble) ship to pick up stuff from water, when a smaller faster boat with just about enough size to hold the fairings should do?
I think they only use water landing for fairings now. The ships with nets has been decommissioned and the new only has a deck crane so far. Perhaps they will use this new ship as tug for the droneship too?
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