SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral early Friday, heading due east over the Atlantic Ocean to deliver the JCSAT 14 communications satellite into orbit 32 minutes later.
The 229-foot-tall rocket is poised for launch from Complex 40 at 1:21 a.m. EDT (0521 GMT) Friday at the opening of a 120-minute launch window.
Perched atop the rocket is the JCSAT 14 communications satellite, an approximately 5-ton spacecraft made by Space Systems/Loral, ready to beam television programming, data services and Internet connectivity to homes, and businesses in the Asia-Pacific, Russia and parts of Australia.
The timeline below outlines the launch sequence for the Falcon 9 flight with JCSAT 14. It does not include times for the experimental descent and landing attempt of the first stage booster, which SpaceX says is unlikely to succeed due to the high speed required for the launch to reach geostationary transfer orbit.
SpaceX’s landing platform is positioned about 400 miles (650 kilometers) east of Cape Canaveral for the first stage landing attempt, which is expected around 10 minutes after liftoff.
Data source: SpaceX
T+0:01:13: Mach 1
T+0:01:20: Max Q
T+0:02:41: Stage 1 Separation
T+0:02:49: First Ignition of Second Stage
T+0:03:36: Fairing Jettison
T+0:08:53: SECO 1
T+0:26:27: Second Ignition of Second Stage
T+0:27:26: SECO 2
T+0:32:02: JCSAT 14 Separation
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