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USS Anchorage will retrieve the Orion space capsule. Photo Credit: U.S. Navy / NASA


Orion, NASA’s newest deep space capsule, will launch next week on its first uncrewed Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1)  and the U.S. Navy is at the ready for its splashdown. [Space Flight Insider]


USNS Salvor. U.S. Navy photo


U.S. Navy ships USS Anchorage and USNS Salvor are readying in Baja, California, awaiting Orion’s reentry into our atmosphere. Working in partnership with NASA, the U.S. Navy will locate, retrieve and recover the spacecraft.


NASA video:


Space Flight Insider: As Orion progresses through the final stages of its descent the Anchorage will launch helicopters to locate the craft. According to the NASA Orion Recovery Operations program, U.S. Navy divers using inflatable Zodiac boats will move to Orion and check for any hazards around it. At that point they will begin attaching a sea anchor and various harnesses and lines for recovery.

A tether line (rope) will be run from the crew module to the Anchorage’s well deck and attached to a winch which will haul the capsule aboard while it is still floating. Once inside the well deck the rear of the ship will be raised and water will be pumped out leaving Orion secure and dry. In addition to the Orion craft, the recovery team will also attempt to retrieve the forward bay door which will also parachute down. This is the primary task of USNS Salvor and it’s rigid-hulled boats.

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by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee


Pieter Schelte. Allseas photo via


The world’s largest crane vessel is on its way to the Netherlands for completion. [] When finished, Pieter Schelte, built by Daewoo Heavy Industries in South Korea, will work on the world’s largest oil rigs.

Pieter Schelte. Allseas photo via Pieter Schelte is 382m long, 124m wide and is capable of lifting oil rigs. The $2.97bn vessel was designed to assist offshore oil rigs and was commissioned by Allseas (Swiss-based company specialised in offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction).

Photo by: Antoan Stark via


Piter Schelte will be deployed in the Black Sea as part of the South Stream project. It will be used to lay pipes as well as to install and remove offshore oil and gas rigs. According to Allseas, the loads lifted by Piter Schelte will reach 48,000 tonnes.

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by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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