On Sunday, spaceX’s Crew Dragon return capsule splashed in the Gulf of Mexico, and before NASA astronauts Bob Bainken and Doug Hurley waited for the SpaceX rescue ship to reach the capsule, dozens of nearby ships “quickly” came to the area around the splash, causing a stir and causing some impact on the spacecraft’s recovery efforts. It’s worth noting that one of the ships was carrying a flag with the “Trump” logo on it.
Crew Dragon completed a two-month mission to the International Space Station, spilling over the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, at 2:48 p.m. EST, as rescue ships waited nearby to pick up their crews.
It is not clear why private vessels were in the area at the time of the spill, but this is a potentially dangerous situation, as the spacecraft’s thrusters can produce toxic fumes that could cause damage to the health of the personnel of the surrounding vessels.
SpaceX has contacted the local Coast Guard and will report details.