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GO Beyond

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GO Beyond at the Port of Long Beach – Jack Beyer/NSF

GO Beyond is a chartered SpaceX dual-purpose support vessel based at the Port of Long Beach, California. The vessel is designed for both fairing and droneship support operations. GO Beyond superseded the long-term SpaceX support ships GO Quest and NRC Quest in 2023 as part of a consolidation of recovery vessels in California.

The vessel is equipped with a large A-frame (a type of lifting gear that SpaceX also uses for Dragon recovery operations) on the stern to haul fairing halves from the water upon splashdown. It is known to be able to carry at least one complete Falcon 9 fairing. On the port quarter, a crew transfer swing is installed, allowing recovery teams to board SpaceX droneships while at sea. A container on deck houses equipment used to support recovery operations.

A recovered fairing half is lifted off GO Beyond – Jack Beyer/NSF

Before its role with SpaceX, the vessel was named “GO Crusader.” The vessel took its current name, likely a mashup between the owner “Guice Offshore” (GO) and the popular catchphrase “To Infinity and Beyond,” upon its amalgamation with the SpaceX fleet.

GO Beyond was featured in a viral video in 2024 of a Mexican fisherman coming across a Falcon 9 fairing half as it landed in the Pacific Ocean. The vessel can be seen at the end of the clip moving in to recover.

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Vital Statistics

Owner: Guice Offshore

Operator: Guice Offshore

Year Built: 2011

IMO: 9622655

Length: 205ft / 62m

Width: 46ft / 14m

Joined SpaceX Fleet: 2023

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