Timeline for Falcon 9 – Dragon Mission to ISS

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The following is Bill Harwood’s timeline for the Falcon 9 / Dragon COTS 2+ mission:

Based on a May 22 launch, here is an updated launch-to-docking timeline for the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship including major maneuvers planned to test the craft’s navigation and flight control systems (in EDT and mission elapsed time; best viewed with fixed-width font):

Time…………………Day…Hr…Mn…Sc…Event
===========…==…==…==…==…=====================================
05/22/12
03:44:38 AM…00…00…00…00…Launch
03:46:02 AM…00…00…01…24…Maximum aerodynamic pressure (MAX Q)
03:47:38 AM…00…00…03…00…First stage engine shutdown (MECO)
03:47:42 AM…00…00…03…04…Stage 1/2 separation
03:47:50 AM…00…00…03…12…Stage 2 engine start
03:48:30 AM…00…00…03…52…Nose cone jettison
03:53:52 AM…00…00…09…14…Stage 2 engine shutdown (SECO)
03:54:27 AM…00…00…09…49…Dragon separation
03:55:56 AM…00…00…11…18…Solar array deploy sequence start
04:55:02 AM…00…01…10…24…Coelliptic brn
09:28:59 AM…00…05…44…21…PHA1
10:15:05 AM…00…06…30…27…PCE1
07:12:49 PM…00…15…28…11…HA1
07:58:52 PM…00…16…14…14…CE1

05/24/12
03:02:51 AM…01…23…18…13…HA2-flyby burn
03:49:02 AM…02…00…04…24…CE2-flyby burn
04:39:02 AM…02…00…54…24…Range: 28 km
06:29:08 AM…02…02…44…30…Rbar Crossing
07:08:23 AM…02…03…23…45…DHA
07:54:35 AM…02…04…09…57…DCE
10:31:54 AM…02…06…47…16…FHA1
11:18:09 AM…02…07…33…31…FCE1
03:12:39 PM…02…11…28…01…FHA2
03:59:00 PM…02…12…14…22…FCE2
08:13:08 PM…02…16…28…30…RHA1
08:59:24 PM…02…17…14…46…RCE1
10:35:38 PM…02…18…51…00…RHA2
11:21:48 PM…02…19…37…10…RCE2

05/25/12
12:46:31 AM…02…21…01…53…HA2
01:32:43 AM…02…21…48…05…CE2
02:22:43 AM…02…22…38…05…Range: 28 km
03:04:23 AM…02…23…19…45…HA3
03:21:03 AM…02…23…36…25…HA3-MC1
03:37:43 AM…02…23…53…05…HA3-MC2
03:50:38 AM…03…00…06…00…CE3
04:18:58 AM…03…00…34…20…Approach initiation (HA4) burn
04:35:38 AM…03…00…51…00…HA4-MC1 burn
04:52:18 AM…03…01…07…40…HA4-MC2 burn
05:13:58 AM…03…01…29…20…Range: 350 meters; yaw 180 degrees
05:18:58 AM…03…01…34…20…Resume approach
05:28:58 AM…03…01…44…20…Range: 250 meters
05:43:58 AM…03…01…59…20…Resume approach; begin retreat/hold demos
06:08:58 AM…03…02…24…20…Hold at 220m (evaluate retreat/hold demoss)
06:23:58 AM…03…02…39…20…Resume approach inside keep-out sphere (KOS)
07:13:06 AM…03…03…28…28…Sunrise
07:13:58 AM…03…03…29…20…Range: 30 meters
07:28:43 AM…03…03…44…05…Resume approach
07:48:43 AM…03…04…04…05…Capture point arrival
07:58:43 AM…03…04…14…05…Go’ for capture
08:06:43 AM…03…04…22…05…Capture
08:10:24 AM…03…04…25…46…Sunset
08:45:38 AM…03…05…01…00…Sunrise
09:00:38 AM…03…05…16…00…Latest go for capture
09:10:38 AM…03…05…26…00…Latest CP arrival
09:25:38 AM…03…05…41…00…Earliest go For capture
09:30:38 AM…03…05…46…00…Earliest CP arrival
09:42:58 AM…03…05…58…20…Sunset
10:18:10 AM…03…06…33…32…Sunrise

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