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NRC Quest

NRC Quest arrives at the Port of LA - Matt Hartman

NRC Quest is the SpaceX Pacific Ocean support ship. Operating out of the Port of Los Angeles, NRC Quest regularly recovered Cargo Dragon One upon the conclusion of resupply missions to the International Space Station.

In the past, the vessel also supported Pacific Ocean droneship landings on Just Read the Instructions. NRC Quest supported 8 landing attempts, of which 7 were successful. By August 2019, SpaceX had decided to move Just Read the Instructions to Florida.

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. NRC Quest was then reassigned as the West Coast fairing recovery ship, recovering fairing halves from the water after splashdown.

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


Starlink 4-4Fairing Recovery
DARTFairing Recovery
Starlink 2-1Fairing Recovery
Sentinel-6Fairing Recovery
CRS-20Cargo Dragon Recovery
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