Ken Kremer —SpaceUpClose.com &
RocketSTEM –8 March 2019
PORT CANAVERAL, FL –
The ‘GO Searcher’ ocean going maritime vessel is a recovery
ship leased by SpaceX to haul the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and astronaut
crews out of the water after it departs the International Space Station (ISS), re-enters
the Earth’s atmosphere and splashes down in the Atlantic Ocean.
GO Searcher, which is based in Port Canaveral, Florida, is
currently enroute to the splashdown zone following the undocking of the maiden SpaceX
Crew Dragon capsule from the ISS early this morning at 2:31 a.m. EST.
NASA and SpaceX are targeting splashdown for 8:45 a.m. EST
Friday morning, March 8, some 200 miles offshore of Florida’s east coast.
However the precise orbital return track and location of
the splashdown zone has not been released. This is in stark contrast to NASA’s
practices during the 30 year long Space Shuttle program.
capsules holding NASA astronaut crews on deck after their fiery return from space
and splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean – using a mockup Crew Dragon.
Enjoy our Space UpClose photos of the ‘GO Searcher’ and Crew
Dragon mock up taken in recent days and since its arrival on Jan. 19.
Space UpClose will be on site at the Kennedy Space Center,
FL as Dragon returns to earth.
test flight dubbed Demo-1 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 2:49 a.m. EST (0749 GMT) Saturday from historic Launch Complex-39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space
Center in Florida.
recovery of the commercially built SpaceX crew capsule by hoisting the
spaceship from the waters off Florida’s east coast launch base at NASA’s Kennedy
Space Center under a normal scenario.
A helipad and medical treatment facility were also installed
on board as part of extensive modifications to the ship.
after their journey to the International Space Station on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon
spacecraft, recovery teams must be able to transport them to land quickly,” according
to NASA officials.
“In the unlikely event of an astronaut medical
emergency, SpaceX has outfitted its recovery ship, GO Searcher, with a
medical treatment facility and a helipad in the center of the vessel.”
agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) initiative to restore America’s
capability to launch astronauts to the ISS and end our sole reliance on the Russian
Soyuz crew capsule for the first time since NASA’s space shuttle orbiters were
retired more than seven years ago in 2011.
Back in November 2018 SpaceX
landing and patient loading rehearsals on the ship, practicing how the helicopter will
pick up astronauts and fly them to a nearby hospital.”
and paramedics “to provide the best possible care to astronauts on the ship,
in-flight, and get them safely to a hospital” if needed.
Dr. Ken Kremer of Space UpClose interviewed live on BBC
World News about the successful SpaceX Crew Dragon launch and implications for
future spaceflight. Credit: BBC/Space UpClose
of SpaceX Demo-1 mission at the Kennedy Space Center.
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