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Rocket: Falcon 9
Payload: Dragon (CRS 1)
Launch Date: Oct. 7, 2012
Launch Time: 8:35 p.m. EDT (0035 GMT on 8th)
ISS Grapple: Oct. 10, 2012 @ 1056 GMT
ISS Departure: Oct. 28, 2012 @ 1326 GMT
Splashdown: Oct. 28, 2012 @ 1920 GMT
Launch Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Landing Site: Pacific Ocean

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Falcon 9 launch timeline
SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Posted: October 6, 2012

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+01:25 Max Q
The Falcon 9 rocket reaches Max Q, the point of maximum aerodynamic pressure.
T+03:00 MECO
Moments after two of the Falcon 9's first stage engines shut down, the remaining seven Merlin engines cut off.
T+03:05 Stage 1 Separation
The Falcon 9's first stage separates from the second stage five seconds after MECO.
T+03:12 Stage 2 Ignition
The second stage Merlin vacuum engine ignites for a six-minute burn to inject the Dragon payload into orbit.
T+03:52 Nose Cone Jettison
The nose cone covering the Dragon spacecraft's berthing port is jettisoned after the rocket climbs above the dense lower atmosphere.
T+09:11 SECO
The second stage Merlin vacuum engine shuts down after reaching a target orbit with a low point of 310 kilometers (192 miles), a high point of 340 kilometers (211 miles), and an inclination of 51.6 degrees.
T+09:46 Dragon Separation
The Dragon spacecraft separates from the Falcon 9 second stage to begin a pursuit of the International Space Station.

Data source: SpaceX

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