SpaceX is doing a great job in recovering the boosters from its rockets.

The Falcon Heavy has 3 boosters. 2 of which land at Cape Canaveral and 1 on a drone ship somewhere in the ocean.

Are there engineers or other employees on the drone ship when the booster lands on it? Maybe in some type of 'safe room'?

I'm talking about this bad boy: enter image description here


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No, they're on a separate ship (a tug boat) nearby. This tug tows the barge into position, then detaches so the barge can use its own motors for positioning and retreats to a safe distance for the landing.

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    $\begingroup$ +1 Autonomous spaceport drone ship $\endgroup$
    – Jack
    May 4, 2019 at 8:12
  • $\begingroup$ Actually, do we know how far away the tug/support-ship goes? I keep seeing "why don't they relay the live feed via the nearby manned ship?" questions elsewhere... $\endgroup$
    – SusanW
    Mar 24, 2021 at 18:53

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