SpaceX’s New Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Scheduled to Arrive at Port Canaveral on Thursday
By Eric Ralph, TESLARATI // July 13, 2021
new drone ship named 'A Shortfall of Gravitas'
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – (TESLARATI) – CEO Elon Musk has released the first official video of A Shortfall of Gravitas (ASOG), the newest member of SpaceX’s fleet of ‘autonomous spaceport drone ships’.
Purely from a visual perspective, drone ship ASOG represents a substantial departure from older siblings Just Read The Instructions (JRTI) and Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY).
Whereas both JRTI and OCISLY expanded upon Marmac 300-series barges with rectangular wings and a variety of power generation and propulsion add-ons in a slew of tacked-on shipping containers, drone ship ASOG appears to be substantially refined. That process of gradual refinement is an integral part of SpaceX’s modus operandi and ASOG thus likely represents a culmination of years of lessons learned from 76 booster recovery attempts and 66 successful landings.
Perhaps even more significantly, Musk says that ASOG might by SpaceX’s first fully automated drone ship – potentially capable of propelling itself to and from recovery zones and securing landed Falcon boosters without hands-on human intervention.
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A Shortfall of Gravitas pic.twitter.com/hNZ5U7nxUg
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2021