Falcon 9 COTS 2+ Launch – Second Attempt – 22 May 2012

Acronyms

Falcon 9
Falcon 9 Fueled and Ready for Launch
Image Credit: NASA

At 12:14 AM Phoenix time (0714 UTC), it is T-Minus 30 minutes and counting.

The launch is live on SpaceX and NASA TV.

Countdown timeline here. Flight timeline here.

Final poll at T-13 minutes is complete.

T-10 minutes and the automatic flight computer has started.

T-8 minutes and Dragon on internal power.

Weather is good.

T-6 minutes and the flight computer is aligned.

Stage one and stage two auto sequences started.

Telemetry and video are on.

T-4 minutes.

T-3 minutes and LOX tanking is complete.

Launch Director go for launch.

T-2 minutes.

Range is green.

T-90 seconds. First stage engine chill down.

T-30 seconds.

Ignition and launch.

First stage is good. All systems nominal at T+60 seconds.

Max Q.

30 kilometers altitude. Nominal flight path. Second stage engine chill.

T+2 minutes.

MECO.

Second stage ignited. Nominal flight.

300 Kilometers altitude. T+8 minutes.

SECO. Second stage shutdown at T+9:14.

346 Kilometers in altitude. Dragon and the second stage are in orbit.

Dragon has separated.

T+14 minutes and the solar panels have deployed.

You can watch the replay of the launch on You Tube.

Ignition
Falcon 9 Ignition
Image Credit: NASA TV

Liftoff
Falcon 9 Liftoff
Image Credit: NASA TV

Ascent
Falcon 9 Ascent
Image Credit: NASA TV

Downrange
Falcon 9 Downrange
Image Credit: NASA TV

Separation
Falcon 9 Separation of the Second Stage
Image Credit: NASA TV

Second Ignition
Falcon 9 Second Stage Ignition
Image Credit: NASA TV

2nd ShutdownSeparation
Falcon 9 Second Stage Shutdown
Image Credit: NASA TV

SECO
Falcon 9 Second Stage Shutdown Complete
Image Credit: NASA TV

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