Following changes in the development plan of their next generation Starship launch vehicle, SpaceX is in the process of completing deliveries of several Starship components from Florida to Texas using a vessel named GO Discovery, a new addition to SpaceX’s ever-growing fleet of ships.
SpaceX has stopped construction of hardware at its Cocoa Beach, Florida facility and has shifted their primary focus to their site in Boca Chica, Texas.
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In order to expedite construction of Starship SN1 in Boca Chica, SpaceX chartered the services of GO Discovery. She is owned and operated by Guice Offshore. Guice owns most of the ships used by SpaceX, except for both autonomous spaceport drone ships and their tugs. It is not clear how many supply runs will be made by GO Discovery, but two have been completed as of January 16.
GO Discovery is a platform supply vessel, a type of ship designed to resupply oil rigs and other offshore platforms. This type of ship has proven useful to SpaceX, as it is the same type of ship SpaceX currently uses to support Crew and Cargo Dragon recovery as well as ASDS ...