A SpaceX search-and-rescue ship conducted a rescue operation off the coast of Florida last week. The search-and-rescue ship was designed to recover the company’s Dragon spacecraft returning to the capsule and returning astronauts from orbit.
SpaceX’s “Go Searcher” search-and-rescue ship was conducting drills to prepare for the company’s historic first delivery of NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, the U.S. Coast Guard reported, and the mission will take place on May 27 at the Cape Canaveral launch site. The “Go Searcher” search-and-rescue ship responded to an emergency call during the exercise. GoSearcher arrived at the scene and rescued a 54-year-old man who was pulled into the sea by the current while trying to repair the propeller, and the Coast Guard reported that the man was in good condition in a life jacket. “We’re excited to help,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter. “
The GoSearcher search-and-rescue ship is equipped with a helicopter landing pad and a special lift, designed to pull the capsule out of the water after splashing water as it goes into the sea, allowing astronauts to be inspected and transported back to land. Although the Launch of the Dragon spacecraft is scheduled for later this month, the exact date for astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to return to Earth and go search and rescue has not been determined.