NASA has become the first customer to install our revolutionary Compact DP system.
Two supply vessels used for recovering fuel tanks after rocket launches will utilise
a dual cPos solution with an additional Wing panel. NASA, a pioneer in aeronautical
and space technology can now be regarded as a pioneer in the world of Dynamic Positioning
by utilising this advanced new DP system.
The supply vessels, The Liberty Star and The Freedom Star where built in the
early 80`s and were operated by pneumatic signal transmission, which produced hissing
sounds when the pneumatic levers were operated. The recovery aspect of their job
requires highly accurate and reliable positioning systems and our Compact DP was
chosen against tough competition.
Houston office carried out the system installation. This required the majority of
the old pneumatic system panels and instruments to be removed, the new cPos panels
mounted, and basically the whole operational panel system onboard being rebuilt
from scratch. The installation was followed by a CAT and ABS certification (class
Considering that the DP Software, cPos panel, Wing panel and the controller are
new products to the market, the system installation went very well and was completed
The cPos and cJoy components of Compact DP make up a complete DP class 1 solution
for dynamically positioned vessels and are designed to meet the requirements of
Offshore Support Vessels. The new system offers a scalable, cost effective, but
no-less valuable solution for the smaller vessel.