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Rocket: Soyuz 2-1a
Payload: Pleiades 1B
Date: December 2, 2012
Time: 0202:50 GMT (9:02:50 p.m. EST on December 1)
Site: ELS, Guiana Space Center, Sinnamary, French Guiana.

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Soyuz launch timeline
SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Posted: November 27, 2012

T-00:00:03 Engines at Full Thrust
The five main engines of the Soyuz rocket's core stage and four strap-on boosters are at full thrust.
T-00:00:00 Launch
Producing more than 900,000 pounds of thrust, the Soyuz 2-1a rocket soars into the sky from the Guiana Space Center.
T+00:01:58 Jettison Boosters
The Soyuz rocket's four strap-on boosters, each powered by an RD-107A engine, are jettisoned after consuming their propellant.
T+00:03:29 Jettison Fairing
The ST-type payload fairing is released from the Soyuz rocket when it reaches the edge of the upper atmosphere. The 13.5-foot-diameter fairing protects the payload during the launch countdown and the flight through the dense lower atmosphere.
T+00:04:47 Core Stage Separation
Having burned its propellant, the core stage of the Soyuz rocket, also known as the second stage, separates and the third stage's RD-0110 engine ignites to continue the flight.
T+00:08:47 Soyuz/Fregat Separation
The Soyuz rocket's third stage releases the Fregat upper stage just shy of orbital velocity.
T+00:09:47 First Fregat Ignition
The hydrazine-fueled Fregat upper stage ignites to place the Pleiades 1B satellite in a low-altitude parking orbit.
T+00:13:26 First Fregat Shutdown
The Fregat upper stage shuts down to begin a coast phase.
T+00:41:56 Second Fregat Ignition
The Fregat stage's main engine fires for a second time to circularize its orbit at an altitude of 432 miles above Earth.
T+00:46:05 Second Fregat Shutdown
After a 4-minute, 9-second burn, the Fregat upper stage shuts down after entering a circular orbit with an inclination of 98.2 degrees.
T+00:54:55 Pleiades 1B Separation
The Pleiades 1B satellite separates from the upper position on the Soyuz rocket's Fregat upper stage.

Data source: Arianespace

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