SpaceX SES-9 Launch Info

Updated:Tonight’s(2-28-16) Falcon 9 launch window opens at 6:46:51p ET (2346:51 GMT). Good weather is expected.


“SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver SES-9, a commercial communications satellite for SES, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). SES is a world-leading satellite operator that provides satellite-enabled communications services to broadcasters, Internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, and business and governmental organizations worldwide using its fleet of more than 50 geostationary satellites. ” – SpaceX

Launch Date: February 28, 2016
Launch Window: 90-minutes
Launch Time: 6:46:51p ET
Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla

Watch Launch Live: (live 20 min before launch)


Mission Timeline:
Hour/Min Events
– 00:34 Launch Conductor takes launch readiness poll
– 00:30 RP-1 (rocket grade kerosene) and liquid oxygen (LOX) loading underway
– 00:10 Falcon 9 begins engine chill prior to launch
– 00:02 Range Control Officer (USAF) verifies range is go for launch
– 00:01:30 SpaceX Launch Director verifies go for launch
– 00:01 Command flight computer to begin final prelaunch checks
– 00:01 Pressurize propellant tanks
– 00:00:03 Engine controller commands engine ignition sequence to start
00:00:00 Falcon 9 liftoff

Hour/Min Events
00:01 Max Q (moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket)
00:02:36 1st stage engine shutdown/main engine cutoff (MECO)
00:02:40 1st and 2nd stages separate
00:02:47 2nd stage engine starts
00:03:42 Fairing deployment
00:09:01 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-1)
00:27:07 2nd stage engine restarts
00:27:55 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-2)
00:31:24 SES-9 satellite deployed



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