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New SpaceX drone ship arrives at Port Canaveral

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New SpaceX drone ship arrives at Port Canaveral

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A new SpaceX drone ship named “A Shortfall of Gravitas” was towed into Port Canaveral Thursday, completing a shuffling of SpaceX’s rocket landing platforms to support upcoming launches from Florida and California.

“A Shortfall of Gravitas” was towed from a construction facility in Louisiana after completing an initial series of sea trials. SpaceX teams at Port Canaveral will finish readying the drone ship for offshore landings of Falcon rocket boosters.

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Grey Area

I love this, whoever named the vessel I think had been reading Iain M Banks.  In his culture series the ships are all have eccentric names, one of which is Zero Gravitas.

I wonder what the next one will be called?

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1 hour ago, Grey Area said:

I love this, whoever named the vessel I think had been reading Iain M Banks.  In his culture series the ships are all have eccentric names, one of which is Zero Gravitas.

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The name of the new landing platform is a nod to “Experiencing A Significant Gravitas Shortfall,” a starship featured in the “Culture” science fiction novel series by the late Scottish author Iain M. Banks.

SpaceX’s two other drone ships are also named for sentient, planet-sized ships in Banks’ novels: “Just Read the Instructions” and “Of Course I Still Love You.”

 

1 hour ago, Grey Area said:

I wonder what the next one will be called?

There almost certainly won't be a next one. Elon Musk intends to phase out the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy once the Superheavy/Starship is operational. 

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8 hours ago, Waspie_Dwarf said:

From the article:

 

There almost certainly won't be a next one. Elon Musk intends to phase out the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy once the Superheavy/Starship is operational. 

I’m sorry Waspie I shoulda read the whole article, thanks for doing the work there.

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