Clouds made life hard for NH-based NASA ships that watched SpaceX flight
Posted by David Brooks | Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Two ships that are temporarily based in Portsmouth, NH, went out into the Atlantic to document the launch to orbit of the SpaceX rocket. NASA says it "was the first time a launch has been documented with detailed imaging equipment from aboard a ship."
Clouds got in the way of a lot of it, but the Portsmouth Herald reports that the "former space shuttle solid rocket booster recovery ships reportedly got 'good radar data' while monitoring the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and deployment of the Dragon capsule." Here's their whole story.
The two ships, with the boring names Liberty Star and Freedom Star, have their own wikipedia pages, but they haven't been updated for SpaceX yet. The ships are based in the port associated with Cape Canaveral.