Follow the key events of the Falcon 9 rocket’s ascent into space from Cape Canaveral with the ABS 2A and Eutelsat 117 West B communications satellites.
Launch is set for 10:29 a.m. EDT (1429 GMT) on June 15 from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad. The satellites will be deployed in a supersynchronous transfer orbit, but SpaceX and the customers have not disclosed the exact target orbit parameters.
The payloads aboard the 26th Falcon 9 launch were manufactured by Boeing in El Segundo, California, and will steer into their operational geostationary orbits with plasma thrusters, and not a conventional liquid-fueled rocket engine.
The timeline below outlines the launch sequence for the Falcon 9 flight with ABS 2A and Eutelsat 117 West B. It does not include times for the descent and landing attempt of the first stage booster, a secondary objective.
SpaceX’s landing platform is positioned about 420 miles (680 kilometers) east of Cape Canaveral for the first stage landing attempt, which is expected around 9 minutes after liftoff. Exact times for the recovery maneuvers were not released by SpaceX.