WATCH: SpaceX’s Newest Drone Ship ‘A Shortfall of Gravitas’ Arrives at Port Canaveral

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SpaceX’s first fully automated drone ship

WATCH: SpaceX’s newest drone ship “A Shortfall of Gravitas” arrives at Port Canaveral today. It’s SpaceX’s newest asset for landing boosters at sea. This video was taken by Port Canaveral’s drone pilot as the drone ship sailed past Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras, their brand new ship powered by LNG.

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – SpaceX’s newest asset for landing boosters at sea, the drone ship “A Shortfall of Gravitas,” arrived at Port Canaveral on Thursday. 

SpaceX’s Elon 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.

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.

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