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.
Year Built: 2002
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.
|CRS-19||Cargo Dragon Recovery|
|CRS-18||Cargo Dragon Recovery|
|CRS-17||Cargo Dragon Recovery|
|CRS-16||Cargo Dragon Recovery|
|CRS-15||Cargo Dragon Recovery|
|CRS-14||Cargo Dragon Recovery|
|Iridium-5||Booster Splashdown Telemetry|
|CRS-13||Cargo Dragon Recovery|
|Iridium-4||Booster Splashdown Telemetry|
|CRS-12||Cargo Dragon Recovery|
|CRS-11||Cargo Dragon Recovery|
|CRS-10||Cargo Dragon Recovery|
|CRS-9||Cargo Dragon Recovery|
|CRS-8||Cargo Dragon Recovery|
|CRS-6||Cargo Dragon Recovery|
|CRS-5||Cargo Dragon Recovery|