Sunday, June 29, 2014

Nos Aries

Nos Aries offshore support vessel, IMO 9693616, port of Livorno
“Nos Aries” is an offshore support vessel built in 2014 by Yuexin Ship Industry in Guangzhou, China. The boat is a new entry in the fleet of the Neri Group, that won a contract with the European Space Agency and Thales Alenia Space for the recovery of the IXV reentry vehicles.
Nos Aries offshore support vessel, IMO 9693616, port of Livorno
Last Monday, in a practice run, a prototype of the vehicle was recovered off our coast by the “Nos Aries” and we can see it in this grainy photo.
Nos Aries offshore support vessel, IMO 9693616, port of Livorno
The launch of the first real spacecraft is planned for the next November. In mid-summer the “Nos Aries” will cross the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic to reach the Pacific through the Panama Canal.

External links: Neri Group (Official site) - Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle - European Space Agency - Thales Alenia Space (Wikipedia)
- Bringing back our spaceplane (European Space Agency)


Revrunner said...

So . . . if they're planning to pick this thing up in the Pacific Ocean, why were they practicing picking it up off the coast of Italy? Or were they just looking for an excuse to soak up some of that Mediterranean sun?

VP said...

Revrunner - All the interested parts are European and the simulation was only a simple way to see if everything could go smoothly in picking up the thing from some salty water.

Taken For Granted said...

Most interesting ship working in the high tech world of space travel and recovery. Wow. How up to date is that!

Randy said...

It does look like a vessel that means business.

Lucy Corrander : Photos said...

When the picture came up, my first thought was how clever you are - always are - with the composition. But the text reveals so much one could never even guess at from the sight of an apparently old boat and a launch. Leads us into exciting realms!

Karl Demetz said...

Like the little boat on the first pic, what a contrast!

cieldequimper said...

I wish them well, they have quite a mission!

Luis Gomez said...

Thank you VP. Great pictures! Good thing you were there.

Birdman said...

Good thing tires on cars and trucks go bad.

Stefan Jansson said...

A quality photo and nice reporting.

Dina said...

How exciting!
Did you read about this and go looking for it? It would have been incredible good luck just to BE there at the right moment.

What a big journey and mission this ship has ahead of it.

José Mendonça said...

I would gladly go on that journey.