Falcon 9 - Jason-3 Flight Profile

Launch & Return Timeline

Time Event
T-0:00:03 Merlin Engine Ignition
T-0:00:00 Liftoff
T~0:00:17 Pitch Kick & Roll Maneuver
T~0:01:12 Mach 1
T+0:01:18 Maximum Dynamic Pressure
T~0:01:59 Stage 2 - Merlin Vac Engine Chilldown
T+0:02 Merlin Throttle Down
T+0:02:34 MECO - First Stage Cutoff
T+0:02:37 Stage Separation
T~0:02:42 1st Stage Maneuver out of 2nd Stage Plume
T+0:02:45 Mvac Ignition
1st Stage Re-Orientation to Engines first
T+0:03:12 Payload Fairing Jettison
T+0:04:25 1st Stage Boost-Back Burn (<45 sec)
T+0:07 1st Stage Re-Entry Burn (15-25 sec)
T+0:08:30 1st Stage Landing Burn (30-40 sec)
T~0:09:05 1st Stage Landing on ASDS
T+0:08 2nd Stage Terminal Guidance Mode
T+0:09 2nd Stage Flight Termination System safe
T+0:09 2nd Stage Engine Shutdown
T+0:09 Coast Phase (~45 minutes)
T+0:54 Second Stage Re-Start
T+0:55:48 Jason-3 Satellite Separation
T+0:58 Solar Array Deployment
Second Stage Deorbit Burn

Launch Window

Primary: Jan 17, 2016 - 18:42:18 UTC
Backup: Jan 18, 2016 - 18:31:04 UTC

Window Duration: 30 Seconds

Jason-3 Orbit

Perigee: 1,328 km
Apogee: 1,380 km
Inclination: 66.05°
Period: 112 minutes

Image: SpaceX
Launch & Landing Hazard Area
Second Stage D/O Zone