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The Mission

Rocket: Falcon 9
Payload: Dragon
Date: Dec. 8, 2010
Launch time: 1543 GMT (10:43 a.m. EST)
Landing time: 1902 GMT (2:02 p.m. EST)
Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida

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Falcon 9 launch timeline
Posted: December 6, 2010

T-00:00 Liftoff
After the rocket's nine Merlin engines pass an automated health check, four hold-down clamps will release the Falcon 9 booster for liftoff from Complex 40.
T+01:16 Max Q
The Falcon 9 rocket reaches Max Q, the point of maximum aerodynamic pressure.
T+02:58 MECO
Moments after two of the Falcon 9's first stage engines shut down, the remaining seven Merlin engines cut off.
T+03:02 Stage 1 Separation
The Falcon 9's first stage separates from the second stage four seconds after MECO.
T+03:09 Stage 2 Ignition
The second stage Merlin vacuum engine ignites for a six-mintue burn to inject the Dragon payload into orbit.
T+09:00 SECO
The second stage Merlin vacuum engine shuts down after reaching a 186-mile-high orbit with an inclination of 34.5 degrees.
T+09:35 Dragon Separation
The Dragon capsule separates from the second stage, leaving behind its unpressurized trunk section, which contains secondary CubeSat payloads.
T+13:00 Begin Orbital Operations
The Dragon spacecraft begins a regimented series of demonstrations in space lasting about three-and-a-half hours.

Data source: SpaceX



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