SpaceX named the new recovery ship after the first manned launch of two NASA astronauts


Tencent technology news on September 13, the unmanned recycling fleet of SpaceX, a US space exploration technology company, has added two new members. On Sunday local time, the company named the two new ships Bob and Doug Hurley after the first manned launch of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, respectively.
SpaceX named its two new recovery ships after the first manned launch of NASA astronauts Bob benken and Doug Hurley
The two new ships have sailed into the port of Canaveral, and at least one of them will help complete the booster recovery of SpaceX’s first pure commercial manned space mission, inspiration4. Benken and Hurley are the first astronauts to take SpaceX manned dragon spacecraft to the international space station to perform the so-called demo-2 demonstration mission, which is also the last test flight of SpaceX and NASA’s “commercial astronaut program”. The successful test flight cleared the way for astronauts to travel regularly between the earth and the space station.
SpaceX has several recycling ships, and each ship has its own purpose, from recycling booster to fairing. However, the Bob and Doug will be able to accomplish both tasks at the same time. The two multi-purpose recovery ships are designed to handle various tasks and even participate in the inspiration 4 recovery scheduled for launch on September 15.
In the inspiration 4 mission, a crew of four ordinary people will take the manned dragon spacecraft to space and begin a three-day journey around the earth. Jared issaman, a billionaire and founder of e-commerce company shift4 payments, will participate in the flight with Haley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor and Chris sembroski to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s research hospital.
Bob and Doug used to be platform supply ships. They were designed for offshore platforms. SpaceX has modified these ships, including equipping them with large cranes that can pull the fairing components out of the water.
Close up of SpaceX’s new recycling ship Doug named after NASA astronaut Doug Hurley
In addition, the new recycling ship will be able to help tow other unmanned recycling ships to the sea. Previously, SpaceX’s recycling ships “a shortfall of gravitas” and “just read the instructions” needed tugs to tow them through the port of Canaveral before they could go to sea. Thanks to many upgrades, “a shortfall of gravitas” can now sail to the sea automatically, and “just read the instructions” still needs tugboat help, which is where the Bob and Doug play a role.
The new recycling ship will enable SpaceX to simplify its recycling work. In the inspiration 4 mission, SpaceX’s dedicated capsule recovery ship will be stationed around Florida, which requires Doug to help drag the unmanned recovery ship and booster recovery. It is unclear whether the Bob will play a role in the inspiration 4 mission, but the Doug was found to be conducting sea trials before leaving the port for the recycling area. (reviewed by Tencent technology / Jinlu)