"Optimus Prime," as some have nicknamed it, could one day secure first stages after they land on SpaceX's autonomous spaceport drone ships. Like previous upgrades, it could cut down on costs, number of required personnel and turnaround time between launches. It could also improve safety. "Optimus Prime" refers to a character from "Transformers."
Ricky Lim, senior director of launch operations for SpaceX, told FLORIDA TODAY the device is “in the testing phase” and is a “future capability” that SpaceX plans to introduce as soon as it passes the test regimen.
“I don’t think it’s very far away” from being used, Lim said. “But it’s new.”
SpaceX did not comment when asked about its functionality and features.
(I like how they explain what Optimus Prime refers too, guess enough non-dorks read Florida Today... )
The pictures are from this article:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... -ship.html
Will it weld the pads to the drones deck or lock it down some other way?