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Tracking the SpaceX ships that don't go to space...

Since 2018, we’ve been following the movements of SpaceX’s droneships and support vessels as they work to recover rockets, fairings, and astronauts. is a resource built for the spaceflight community, specifically people interested in learning more about SpaceX’s offshore recovery operations. We are not affiliated with SpaceX. 

Fairing Recovery

SpaceX has two specialized vessels, equipped with large nets, that try to catch payload fairings after launch.

Dragon Recovery

SpaceX has been flying and recovering the Dragon spacecraft since 2010 and is flying astronauts as of 2020.

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SpaceX charters a fleet of marine vessels to support their offshore recovery program. All vessels are highly specialized for their roles, whether it be landing Falcon 9 rockets, catching payload fairings with an enormous net, or retrieving NASA astronauts after their Dragon capsule lands in the ocean after a trip to space.

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Starlink V1 L20
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