GO Ms. Chief – often shortened to Ms. Chief – is one of two fairing recovery ships chartered by SpaceX. Ms. Chief is constructed near identically to twin Ms. Tree. Both ships are fast, highly maneuverable vessels originally designed for oil rig crew transport in the Gulf of Mexico. The name ‘Ms. Chief’ is a pun of the word ‘Mischief’.
Owner: SEACOR Marine
Operator: Guice Offshore
Year Built: 2014
Joined SpaceX Fleet: 2019
Following the first successful catch of a payload fairing half by Ms. Tree, SpaceX acquired Ms. Chief. During mission operations, two recovery ships are required to be able to catch both fairing halves as they descend at the same time in different locations. Before Ms. Chief was brought in, Ms. Tree would try to catch one half and then go hunting for the other, which would hopefully be floating on the ocean surface nearby.
Ms. Chief has a difficult introduction to mission operations. During her debut mission in November 2019, the vessel encountered heavy seas and was forced to abandon the recovery attempt because engineers were concerned about the structural integrity of the net system. On her first full mission – JCSAT-18 – the vessel suffered some minor damage to her net structure and was taken out of service for a few weeks whilst repairs were made.
Ms. Chief has made a handful of attempts at catching a fairing half. At the time of writing, the ship has not yet succeeded but has managed to recover the missed fairing from the water several times.
|GPS III SV03||Fairing Recovery|
|Starlink V1 L8||Fairing Recovery|
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|JCSAT-18 / Kacific-1||Fairing Recovery|
|Starlink V1 L2||Fairing Recovery|