Launch Profile – Falcon 9 – Iridium-NEXT Flight 1

 

 

Time Event
T-0:00:03 Merlin Engine Ignition
T-0:00:00 Liftoff
T~0:00:18 Pitch Kick & Roll Maneuver
T~0:01:05 Mach 1
T+0:01:09 Maximum Dynamic Pressure, Throttle Down
T~0:01:40 Stage 2 – Merlin Vac Engine Chilldown
T+0:02:24 MECO – First Stage Cutoff
T+0:02:27 Stage Separation
T~0:02:31 1st Stage Maneuver out of 2nd Stage Plume
1st Stage Re-Orientation to Engines first
T+0:02:35 Mvac Ignition
T+0:03:15 Payload Fairing Jettison
T~:04:00 1st Stage Partial Boostback (?)
T+0:06 1st Stage Re-Entry Burn (15-25 sec)
T+0:07 1st Stage Landing Burn
T~0:07:49 1st Stage Landing
T+0:08 2nd Stage Terminal Guidance Mode
T+0:08 2nd Stage Flight Termination System safe
T+0:09:09 2nd Stage Engine Shutdown
T+0:52:31 Second Stage Re-Start
T+0:52:34 Second Stage Cutoff
T+0:59:16 Iridium Separation Sequence
T+1:14:16 S/C Separation Complete

 

 

Launch Data

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT
Launch Site: SLC-4E Vandenberg, California
Launch Date: January 14, 2017
Window: 17:54:39 UTC
Payload: 10 Iridium-NEXT (8,600kg)

Ascent Duration: 74 Minutes

Backup: January 15 – 17:49:04 UTC

Target Orbit:
Type: Non-Synchronous Transfer Orbit
Altitude: 625 Kilometers
Inclination: 86.66°

Iridium NEXT fairing
Image: SpaceX
Image: SpaceX