SpaceX ship that picks up space capsules

Nov

5

2018

SpaceX ship that picks up space capsules from the sea has tested helicopter landing

With a special ship, which is used from 2019 to pick up Crew Dragon capsules with astronauts from the sea, SpaceX has conducted a number of tests in which a helicopter has landed on a special helipad.

The ship is called Go Searcher and is equipped with a crane with which Crew Dragon capsules from SpaceX are picked up from the sea. In order to respond quickly to a medical emergency, the ship is equipped with a medical treatment center and a helipad to bring any wounded astronauts to a hospital on the mainland as quickly as possible. NASA reports that SpaceX has recently completed a helicopter landing on this platform, including exercises involving patients on board the helicopter. The helicopter can possibly also fly into doctors in an emergency situation.

Go Searcher is part of a fleet of ships from SpaceX, including the drone ships that are used to capture rocket traps of Falcon 9 missiles. Until recently, the Go Searcher was involved in the operations of these drone ships, as a support ship. SpaceX has now given the ship a helipad and a radar, making it suitable to quickly find Dragon capsules and to fish from the ocean. In principle, Go Searcher only has the task to pick up Crew Dragon capsules from SpaceX from the Atlantic Ocean to the east of the US state of Florida. The similar Starliner capsules from Boeing will basically land on land, although the Starliner is designed so that the capsule can also end up in the water in case of emergency.

The Crew Dragon capsules, like the Boeing Starliner capsules, are part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, where astronauts go to the ISS with private space capsules. This will bring an end to the dependent of the Russian Soyuz rocket for the transport of astronauts to the ISS from 2019. The Starliner will go up with the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, but is also suitable for the Vulcan rocket that is currently being developed. The Crew Dragon is suitable for the Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX. The first launch of the Crew Dragon will take place in January 2019 , albeit without astronauts. The first unmanned flight of the Starliner will follow in March.

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