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Rocket: Falcon 9
Payload: Dragon (CRS 2)
Launch Date: March 1, 2013
Launch Time: 10:10 a.m. EST (1510 GMT)
ISS Grapple: March 3 @ 1031 GMT
ISS Departure: March 26, 2013 @ 1056 GMT
Splashdown: March 26, 2013 @ 1634 GMT
Launch Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Landing Site: Pacific Ocean

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Falcon 9 launch timeline
Posted: February 25, 2013

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.
T+11:00 Begin Solar Array Deployment
Dragon's two power-producing solar arrays begin unfolding after their covers are jettisoned. The solar arrays extend 54 feet tip-to-tip.

Data source: SpaceX




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