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NRC Quest

NRC Quest arrives at the Port of LA - Matt Hartman

NRC Quest is the Cargo Dragon recovery vessel. Operating out of the Port of Los Angeles, NRC Quest regularly recovered Dragon upon the conclusion of CRS missions to the International Space Station.

In the past, the vessel also supported West Coast droneship landings on Just Read the Instructions. NRC Quest supported 8 landing attempts, of which 7 were successful. By August 2019, SpaceX had chosen to move Just Read the Instructions to Florida. This left NRC Quest with only Dragon recovery duties.

Vital Statistics

Operator: NRC

Year Built: 2002

IMO: 9271195

Length: 52m

Width: 11m

Joined SpaceX Fleet: 2015

Upon the conclusion of the first CRS contract – CRS-20 – Dragon will move to splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean to be recovered by other ships. This will leave NRC Quest without a role and her future is not yet clear.

The vessel has also hauled fairings for GO Ms. Tree to use during offshore helicopter drop tests.

Missions

MissionRole
CRS-19Cargo Dragon Recovery
CRS-18Cargo Dragon Recovery
CRS-17Cargo Dragon Recovery
CRS-16Cargo Dragon Recovery
Iridium-8Droneship Support
SSO-ADroneship Support
CRS-15Cargo Dragon Recovery
Iridium-7Droneship Support
CRS-14Cargo Dragon Recovery
Iridium-5Booster Splashdown Telemetry
CRS-13Cargo Dragon Recovery
Iridium-4Booster Splashdown Telemetry
Iridium-3Droneship Support
CRS-12Cargo Dragon Recovery
Formosat-5Droneship Support
CRS-11Cargo Dragon Recovery
Iridium-2Droneship Support
CRS-10Cargo Dragon Recovery
Iridium-1Droneship Support
CRS-9Cargo Dragon Recovery
CRS-8Cargo Dragon Recovery
Jason-3Droneship Support
CRS-6Cargo Dragon Recovery
CRS-5Cargo Dragon Recovery