SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch Schedule

SpaceX Crew Dragon Has Successful Launch

Brian Wang |
March 1, 2019 |

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

Mission Timeline (all times approximate)



-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



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:— NASA (@NASA) March 1, 2019

Source: NASA, Twitter, SpaceX

Written by Brian Wang

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