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TimothyC
Post subject: MV Freedom StarPosted: August 3rd, 2018, 12:39 am
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The second of two east coast Solid Rocket Booster Recovery Ships, Freedom Star was delivered in January of 1981 as UTC Freedom, and was owned by Pratt & Whitney. Ownership of the vessel was transferred to Lockheed concurrent with the consolidation of Space Shuttle operations at KSC in 1984. This is when she (and her sister) received new names (Freedom Star and Liberty Star). They were owned by Lockheed until 1992, when the vessels were purchased outright by NASA. A contract to operate the ships was maintained by Lockheed until 1996, when it was consolidated into the newly formed "United Space Alliance" (not to be confused with the later United Launch Alliance), which operated her and her sister until they were retired in 2012. Shown above is the standard configuration for solid rocket booster recovery as seen from about 2000 through the end of the program in 2011. In September of 2012, she was laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet for possible future use as a training vessel.

From some point after 1996, through the end of the program, both Freedom Star and Liberty Star were used to tow the Pegasus barge with the external tanks aboard from Michaud, Louisiana to the Cape. The ships were also used to support a number of other non-NASA missions such as the NOAA Aquarius underwater laboratory.

Next up will be Liberty Star in her later, TV Kings Pointer role.

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Hood
Post subject: Re: MV Freedom StarPosted: August 3rd, 2018, 7:41 am
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Nice work.
A very nice drawing and an interesting civil boat too with a fairly unique role.

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Post subject: Re: MV Freedom StarPosted: August 3rd, 2018, 9:25 pm
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Nicely done Timothy, a very interesting vessel, and a refreshing one at that, what with all those various grey painted warships.

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Post subject: Re: MV Freedom StarPosted: August 3rd, 2018, 10:23 pm
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As a shuttle program vet, I'm very happy to see this drawing appear!!


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TimothyC
Post subject: Re: MV Freedom StarPosted: August 4th, 2018, 12:33 pm
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Hood wrote: *
Nice work.
A very nice drawing and an interesting civil boat too with a fairly unique role.
Thanks Hood. I knew when I got a solid source for the hull that I was going to have to get this one drawn at some point.
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Nicely done Timothy, a very interesting vessel, and a refreshing one at that, what with all those various grey painted warships.
Thanks! I really do prefer doing these smaller, specialist ships.
erik_t wrote: *
As a shuttle program vet, I'm very happy to see this drawing appear!!
I'm glad you like it. I'd love to be able to add MV Independence (to complete the fleet of SRB recovery ships), but I have yet to find a good set of sources for her. I'm probably going to have to contact either the USN (her current owner), or Moss Point (the yard where she was built).

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Post subject: Re: MV Freedom StarPosted: August 5th, 2018, 9:24 am
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Great work on these little-known (to general audience) research and research-related vessels.


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