Launch Profile – Falcon 9 – ZUMA

Time Event
T-0:00:03 Merlin Engine Ignition
T-0:00:00 Liftoff
T~0:00:16 Pitch Kick & Roll Maneuver
T+0:01:16 Maximum Dynamic Pressure, Throttle Down
T~0:01:40 Stage 2 – Merlin Vac Engine Chilldown
T+0:02:20 MECO – First Stage Cutoff
T+0:02:24 Stage Separation
T+0:02:25 Mvac Ignition
T+0:02:33 1st Stage Boostback Burn
T+0:03:08 Payload Fairing Jettison
T+0:06:15 1st Stage Entry Burn (~20 Sec)
T~0:07:25 1st Stage Landing Burn (~31 Sec)
T+0:07:56 First Stage Landing
T+? ZUMA Separation
T+? Second Stage Deorbit Burn
T+? Second Stage Ocean Impact

Launch Data

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT
Launch Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral
Launch Date: January 8, 2018
Window: 01:00-03:00 UTC
Payload: ZUMA (Classified)
Payload Manufacturer: Northrop Grumman

Backup Window: 01:00-03:00 UTC; January 9

First Stage Recovery: RTLS to Landing Zone 1
Second Stage Disposal: Re-Entry, Southern Indian Ocean

Target Orbit

Type: Low Earth Orbit
Parameters: Classified
Candidates:

  • 293 x 314 km, 50.0°
  • 391 x 412 km, 50.0°
  • 496 x 517 km, 50.0°
  • 1,000km Circular, 52°

Candidate Orbits Calculated by Ted Molczan


Image: Spaceflight101/GoogleEarth