SpaceX Crew Dragon Has Successful Launch

Here is the planned schedule is for the SpaceX crew Dragon schedule. <del>The countdown should start in less than one hour.</del> There was a successful launch. It will take one day to rendezvous with the space station. There will be a mission. There was a successful landing of the first stage.

Mission Timeline (all times approximate)
COUNTDOWN
Min/Sec—Events
-45:00SpaceX Launch Director verifies “go” for propellant load
-37:00Dragon launch escape system is armed
-35:00RP-1 (rocket grade kerosene) loading begins
-35:00First stage LOX (liquid oxygen) loading begins
-16:00Second stage LOX loading begins
-07:00Falcon 9 begins engine chill prior to launch
-05:00Dragon transitions to internal power
-01:00Command flight computer to begin final prelaunch checks
-01:00Propellant tank pressurization to flight pressure begins
-00:45SpaceX Launch Director verifies go for launch
-00:03Engine controller commands engine ignition sequence to start
-00:00—Liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft

LAUNCH, LANDING AND DRAGON DEPLOYMENT
Min/Sec—Events
00:58Max Q (moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket)
02:35First stage main engine cutoff (MECO)
02:38First and second stages separate
02:42Second stage engine starts
07:48First stage entry burn
08:59Second stage engine cutoff (SECO-1)
09:24First stage landing burn
09:52First stage landing
11:00Dragon separates from second stage

You may be wondering why @SpaceX’s #CrewDragon launches on Saturday, March 2 at 2:49am ET. It’s science! We have to complete many steps — down to milliseconds — to sync the launch to rendezvous with the @Space_Station. Here’s a look at the timeline: https://t.co/cP1HuVwg6c pic.twitter.com/fJCvzTo8Y7— NASA (@NASA) March 1, 2019

Source: NASA, Twitter, SpaceX

Written by Brian Wang

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