SpaceX launched their Falcon 9 rocket at 07:44:38 UTC (12:44:38 AM Phoenix time) this morning and placed their Dragon spacecraft on a course to rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS). Grappling is scheduled for 1206 UTC on Friday.
Elon Musk on Twitter: “Falcon flew perfectly!! Dragon in orbit, comm locked and solar arrays active!! Feels like a giant weight just came off my back :)”
At 0900 UTC, Dragon is now more than an hour into the mission, and scheduled for a co-elliptic (CE1) burn to align itself with the orbit of the ISS.
Flight Day 1 (FD1) events include:
Press release from SpaceX here. Elon Musk’s comments from the release:
Sources indicate that there have been zero (none) issues from the countdown through this point in the mission.
Tweet from Elon: “Navigation bay pointing to deep space and star map being generated by star tracker one. Yes! #DragonLaunch”
At 1733 UTC, Dragon should have completed the full abort during a continuous burn and be coming up on the pulsed abort demonstration. Waiting for confirmation on these events.
At 1828 UTC, Dragon is completing some phasing burns and performing the free drift exercise.he objectives for today.
At 2200 UTC, Dragon has completed the objectives for today. Final data analysis is required for confirmation that the results are within expected parameters. Additional thruster firings will take place tonight and tomorrow as Dragon continues its chase of the Space Station.
Note: the fly-under shown after phasing will be at 1.6 miles (or 2.5 km) on Flight Day 3 (FD3)