Falcon 9 - SES-9 Flight Profile


Launch / Landing Timeline

Time Event
T-0:00:03 Merlin Engine Ignition
T-0:00:00 Liftoff
T~0:00:18 Pitch Kick & Roll Maneuver
T~0:01:10 Mach 1
T~0:01:15 Maximum Dynamic Pressure
T~0:01:35 Stage 2 - Merlin Vac Engine Chilldown
T+0:02 Merlin Throttle Down
T+0:02:36 MECO - First Stage Cutoff
T+0:02:40 Stage Separation
T~0:02:45 1st Stage Maneuver out of 2nd Stage Plume
1st Stage Re-Orientation to Engines first
T+0:02:47 Mvac Ignition
T+0:03:42 Payload Fairing Jettison
T+0:04 1st Stage Boost-Back Burn (45-60 sec)
T+0:08 1st Stage Re-Entry Burn (15-25 sec)
T+0:08 2nd Stage Terminal Guidance Mode
T+0:08 2nd Stage Flight Termination System safe
T+0:09:01 2nd Stage Engine Shutdown
T+0:10 1st Stage Landing Burn (30-40 sec)
T+0:10 1st Stage Landing
T+0:27:07 Second Stage Re-Start
T+0:27:55 Second Stage Cutoff
T+0:31:24 SES-9 Separation

Downrange Safety Zones and ASDS Location
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