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GO Quest

GO Quest moored at Port Canaveral, Florida. - Julia Bergeron

GO Quest is the droneship support ship. The vessel carries equipment and crew to support offshore landings on both JRTI and OCISLY. GO Quest has supported every droneship landing attempt in the Atlantic Ocean and is also the longest-standing, active member of the SpaceX recovery fleet of ships.

Vital Statistics

Owner: Guice Offshore

Operator: Guice Offshore

Year Built: 2004

IMO: 8987876

Length: 51m

Width: 12m

Joined SpaceX Fleet: 2014

Full Specification Sheet.

Although dependant on mission requirements, the SpaceX droneship will leave port up to 5 days ahead of launch day. GO Quest will then typically leave port up to 36 hours later and meet with the droneship at the mission landing zone a few days later.

The stern (rear) of GO Quest has 2 flights of stairs and a harness platform. SpaceX droneships are unmanned during the voyage to the landing zone and during landing attempt so the crew from GO Quest must transfer to and from the droneships. To do this, GO Quest backs its stern up to the droneship . Next, recovery teams connect themselves up with harnesses and then climb onto the droneship in a process dubbed ‘crew transfer’. For safety reasons, crew transfer does not occur at night or during rough seas.

The deck of GO Quest is filled with a large amount of communication equipment, including a large radar dish antenna. These are used during landing attempts to relay booster telemetry and also for general communication. 

Communications equipment on the deck of GO Quest. - Tom McCool

Missions

MissionRole
Starlink V1 L9Droneship Support
ANASIS-IIDroneship Support
GPS III SV03Droneship Support
Starlink V1 L8Droneship Support
Starlink V1 L7Droneship Support
Crew DM-2Droneship Support
Starlink V1 L6Droneship Support
Starlink V1 L5Droneship Support
Starlink V1 L4Droneship Support
Starlink V1 L3Droneship Support
Starlink V1 L2Droneship Support
JCSAT-18 / Kacific-1Droneship Support
CRS-19Droneship Support
Starlink V1 L1Droneship Support
STP-2Droneship Support
Starlink V0.9Droneship Support
CRS-17Droneship Support
ArabSat-6ADroneship Support
Crew DM-1Droneship Support
PSN-6Droneship Support
CRS-16Booster Recovery
Es'hail 2Droneship Support
Telstar 18VDroneship Support
Merah PutihDroneship Support
Telstar 19VDroneship Support
Bangabandhu-1Droneship Support
TESSDroneship Support
SES-16Droneship Support
SES-11Droneship Support
X-37B OTV-5Droneship Support
BulgariaSat-1Droneship Support
SES-10Droneship Support
JCSAT-16Droneship Support
CRS-9Droneship Support
ABS/Eutelsat M2Droneship Support
Thaicom 8Droneship Support
JCSAT-14Droneship Support
CRS-8Droneship Support
SES-9Droneship Support
CRS-7Droneship Support
CRS-6Droneship Support
DSCOVRDroneship Support
CRS-5Droneship Support