GO Quest is a droneship support ship. The vessel carries equipment and crew to support offshore landings on SpaceX droneships. GO Quest has supported every droneship landing attempt in the Atlantic Ocean up until September 2021. The vessel was later repositioned to California to support a resurgence in Pacific Ocean recovery operations, where it remains in the role into 2023.
Owner: Guice Offshore
Operator: Guice Offshore
Year Built: 2004
Joined SpaceX Fleet: 2014
Although dependant on mission requirements, the SpaceX droneship will leave port up to 7 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 attempts 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.
First crew transfer inside of the port. #SpaceXFleet #SpaceX @SpaceXFleet pic.twitter.com/es1CwiPpHP— Kyle Montgomery (@Kyle_M_Photo) December 19, 2019
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.