Launch Profile – Falcon 9 – TESS

Time Event
T-0:00:03 Merlin Engine Ignition
T-0:00:00 Liftoff
T~0:00:15 Pitch Kick & Roll Maneuver
T~0:01:06 Mach 1
T+0:01:16 Maximum Dynamic Pressure, Throttle Down
T~0:01:46 Stage 2 – Merlin Vac Engine Chilldown
T+0:02:29 MECO – First Stage Cutoff
T+0:02:32 Stage Separation
T+0:02:39 Mvac Ignition
T+0:03:01 Payload Fairing Separation
T+0:06:29 1st Stage Re-Entry Burn (15-25 sec)
T+0:07:xx 1st Stage Landing Burn
T+0:07 2nd Stage Terminal Guidance Mode
T+0:07:56 1st Stage Landing on OCISLY
T+0:08 2nd Stage Flight Termination System safe
T+0:08:20 2nd Stage Engine Shutdown
T+0:43:10 Second Stage Re-Start
T+0:44:03 SECO-2 – Second Stage Cutoff
T+0:49:35 TESS Spacecraft Separation

Launch Data

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT Block 4
Launch Site: SLC-40, CCAFS, Florida
Launch Date: April 18, 2018
T-0 Target: 22:51 UTC
Window Duration: 30 Seconds
Payload: TESS (362 kg)
Ascent Duration: 49 Minutes

1st Stage Recovery: Drone Ship
Fairing Recovery: Experimental Water Landing

Backup: April 19 – 23:10 UTC

Target Orbit:
Type: P/2 Transfer Orbit
Perigee: 200 km
Apogee: 270,000 km
Inclination: 28.5°

Operational Orbit:
Type: P/2 Lunar Resonant Orbit
Perigee: 107,000 km
Apogee: 376,300 km
Inclination: 37°
Period: 13.65 d

Launch Safety Areas