Launch Profile – Falcon 9 – NROL-76

 

 

Time Event
T-0:00:03 Merlin Engine Ignition
T-0:00:00 Liftoff
T~0:00:16 Pitch Kick & Roll Maneuver
T+0:01:08 Maximum Dynamic Pressure, Throttle Down
T~0:01:35 Stage 2 – Merlin Vac Engine Chilldown
T+0:02:17 MECO – First Stage Cutoff
T+0:02:20 Stage Separation
T+0:02:28 Mvac Ignition
T+0:02:48 Payload Fairing Jettison
T+0:07:09 1st Stage Entry Burn (~20 Sec)
T+0:08 1st Stage Landing Burn (~35 Sec)
T+0:08:46 First Stage Landing
T+? NROL-76 Separation
T+? Second Stage Deorbit Burn
T+? Second Stage Ocean Impact

 

 

Launch Data

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT
Launch Site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center
Launch Date: May 1, 2017
Window: 11:00-13:00 UTC
T-0 Target: 11:15 UTC
Payload: NROL-76 (Classified)

First Stage Recovery: RTLS to Landing Zone 1

Target Orbit

Parameters: Classified
Candidates:

  • Low Earth Orbit: 360 km, 50-58°
  • Low Earth Orbit: 850 km, 50-58°
  • (Molniya Transfer Orbit: 300 x 16,500km, ~58°)

Launch Hazard Area - Image: Google Earth / Spaceflight101
Launch Hazard Area – Image: Google Earth / Spaceflight101
Stage 2 Impact Zone - Image: Google Earth / Spaceflight101