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Space X drone ship arrives at the Port of Long Beach

  • The SpaceX drone ship named “Of course i still Love you” arrives on a transport ship in Long Beach, CA/USA harbor Tuesday morning, July 6,2021. The trip took over two weeks from the east coast through the Panama Canal SpaceX drone ship will be dedicated to polar Starlink landings platform from the West Coasts could potentially occur in late July or early August from Vandenberg Space Force Base CA.(Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • The SpaceX drone ship named “Of course i still Love you” arrives on a transport ship in Long Beach, CA/USA harbor Tuesday morning, July 6,2021. The trip took over two weeks from the east coast through the Panama Canal SpaceX drone ship will be dedicated to polar Starlink landings platform from the West Coasts could potentially occur in late July or early August from Vandenberg Space Force Base CA.(Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • The SpaceX drone ship named “Of course i still Love you” arrives on a transport ship in Long Beach, CA/USA harbor Tuesday morning, July 6,2021. The trip took over two weeks from the east coast through the Panama Canal SpaceX drone ship will be dedicated to polar Starlink landings platform from the West Coasts could potentially occur in late July or early August from Vandenberg Space Force Base CA.(Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • The SpaceX drone ship named “Of course i still Love you” arrives on a transport ship in Long Beach, CA/USA harbor Tuesday morning, July 6,2021. The trip took over two weeks from the east coast through the Panama Canal SpaceX drone ship will be dedicated to polar Starlink landings platform from the West Coasts could potentially occur in late July or early August from Vandenberg Space Force Base CA.(Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • The SpaceX drone ship named “Of course i still Love you” arrives on a transport ship in Long Beach, CA/USA harbor Tuesday morning, July 6,2021. The trip took over two weeks from the east coast through the Panama Canal SpaceX drone ship will be dedicated to polar Starlink landings platform from the West Coasts could potentially occur in late July or early August from Vandenberg Space Force Base CA.(Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • The SpaceX drone ship named “Of course i still Love you” arrives on a transport ship in Long Beach, CA/USA harbor Tuesday morning, July 6,2021. The trip took over two weeks from the east coast through the Panama Canal SpaceX drone ship will be dedicated to polar Starlink landings platform from the West Coasts could potentially occur in late July or early August from Vandenberg Space Force Base CA.(Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • The SpaceX drone ship named “Of course i still Love you” arrives on a transport ship in Long Beach, CA/USA harbor Tuesday morning, July 6,2021. The trip took over two weeks from the east coast through the Panama Canal SpaceX drone ship will be dedicated to polar Starlink landings platform from the West Coasts could potentially occur in late July or early August from Vandenberg Space Force Base CA.(Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • The SpaceX drone ship named “Of course i still Love you” arrives on a transport ship in Long Beach, CA/USA harbor Tuesday morning, July 6,2021. The trip took over two weeks from the east coast through the Panama Canal SpaceX drone ship will be dedicated to polar Starlink landings platform from the West Coasts could potentially occur in late July or early August from Vandenberg Space Force Base CA.(Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

The Port of Long Beach welcomed the SpaceX drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” Tuesday morning, July 6, when it arrived on a transport ship.

The journey began on the East Coast two weeks ago and included passage through the Panama Canal.

Once the drone ship gets offloaded, it will be based at Pier T, where it be part of recovery operations for the Starlink landings that potentially could occur in late July or early August from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Of Course I Still Love You has arrived in Port of Long Beach! The droneship will eventually be offloaded and make its way to Pier T, SpaceX’s new recovery operations zone. @NASASpaceflight pic.twitter.com/KM8tYM7Qt8

— Pauline Acalin (@w00ki33) July 6, 2021

The heavy lift ship Mighty Servant 1 floats like a toy boat in a bath tub with autonomous spaceport droneship Of Course Still Love You nestled safely on its hull. The west coast finally has a droneship again!! Now let’s recover some rockets. @NASASpaceflight pic.twitter.com/4siGwg1Ut8

— Jack Beyer (@thejackbeyer) July 6, 2021

Ship on a ship.

Human for scale with Of Course I Still Love You aboard Mighty Servant 1 at Port of Long Beach. What a view! @NASASpaceflight pic.twitter.com/cAIkC3v4AI

— Pauline Acalin (@w00ki33) July 6, 2021

In April, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved a sublease allowing the Hawthorne aerospace firm to use a marine terminal in port for its West Coast rocket recovery operations.

SpaceX opened the facility the next month on about 6.5 acres at the Port of Long Beach’s Pier T, which was once the site of a U.S. Navy complex. The company will use the site’s existing wharf to dock its vessels and offload equipment, according to a statement from port officials.

SpaceX previously had conducted rocket recovery operations from the neighboring Port of Los Angeles.

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Source: https://www.dailynews.com/2021/07/06/space-x-drone-ship-arrives-at-the-port-of-long-beach/

Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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