I’ve been meaning to start a thread about the maritime component of Space X’s operations for a long time. I was fascinated by the landing platforms when they first rolled out, but I haven’t seen any other discussion on this forum since ~2016.
All I’ve been able to dig up is that they’re running L3 software and the hardware was designed and built by Thrustmaster of Texas. I know SEACOR was running the Mr. Steven, but it’s now named Guice Offshore Ms. Tree.
I brought a ship to San Pedro and saw ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ from across the terminal. It appeared that they re-skin the entire deck after each landing, so I can’t imagine these barges are manned.
Is the DP system remotely operated from a standby vessel or from shore via satellite link?
Maybe @jdcavo can shed some light on how these vessels even have a COI or are classed?
I also realize that the US government is allowing Space X to shoot rockets into space commercially, so perhaps USCG rules don’t even apply.
I’m amazed there’s not more information on these barges considering they represent the technical and regulatory framework for the inevitable future of shore-based automated vessel control.