Transporter-2 Mission


On Wednesday, June 30 at 3:31 p.m. EDT, Falcon 9 launched the Transporter-2, SpaceX’s second dedicated SmallSat Rideshare Program mission, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The mission also marked SpaceX’s second launch to a polar orbit from Florida. This was the eighth launch and landing of this Falcon 9 first stage booster in exactly one year, including launch of GPS III Space Vehicle 03, Turksat 5A, and five Starlink missions. Following stage separation, SpaceX landed Falcon 9’s first stage on Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

On board this launch were 85 commercial and government spacecraft (including CubeSats, microsats, and orbital transfer vehicles) and 3 Starlink satellites. While there were fewer spacecraft on board compared to Transporter-1, this mission launched more mass to orbit for SpaceX’s customers.


All Times Approximate

Hr/Min/Sec Event
00:38:00 SpaceX Launch Director verifies go for propellant load
00:35:00 RP-1 (rocket grade kerosene) loading underway
00:35:00 1st stage LOX (liquid oxygen) loading underway
00:16:00 2nd stage LOX loading underway
00:07:00 Falcon 9 begins engine chill prior to launch
00:01:00 Command flight computer to begin final prelaunch checks
00:01:00 Propellant tank pressurization to flight pressure begins
00:00:45 SpaceX Launch Director verifies go for launch
00:00:03 Engine controller commands engine ignition sequence to start
00:00:00 Falcon 9 liftoff

Launch, Landing, and Deployment

All Times Approximate

Hr/Min/Sec Event
00:01:12 Max Q (moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket)
00:02:15 1st stage main engine cutoff (MECO)
00:02:18 1st and 2nd stages separate
00:02:26 2nd stage engine starts
00:02:32 Boostback burn begins
00:03:42 Fairing deployment
00:06:34 1st stage entry burn begins
00:08:24 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO)
00:08:24 1st stage landing
00:54:13 2nd stage engine restarts
00:54:15 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-2)
00:57:50 NASA's PACE-1 deploys
00:57:57 Satellogic's NewSat-19 deploys
00:58:04 The 1st ICEYE satellite deploys from EXOPort-5
00:58:32 NASA's TROPICS Pathfinder deploys
00:58:37 PlanetiQ's GNOMES-2 deploys
00:58:44 Tyvak-0173 deploys
00:59:47 The 2nd ICEYE satellite deploys from EXOPort-3
01:00:00 Tyvak-0211 deploys
01:00:08 Loft Orbital’s YAM-3 deploys from EXOPort-5
01:00:18 TU Berlin’s TUBIN deploys from EXOPort-4
01:00:23 UmbraSAR deploys
01:00:33 D-Orbit's ION satellite carrier deploys
01:01:50 Space Development Agency/General Atomics/Peraton's LINCS-2 deploys
01:02:16 Satellogic's NewSat-20 deploys
01:02:30 Satellogic's NewSat-21 deploys
01:02:40 Capella SAR satellite deploys
01:02:46 The 3rd ICEYE satellite deploys from EXOPort-4
01:04:12 Space Development Agency/General Atomics/Peraton's LINCS-1 deploys
01:04:29 DARPA/Space Development Agency/Air Force Research Laboratory's Mandrake-2 Able deploys
01:05:33 The 4th ICEYE satellite deploys from EXOPort-3
01:06:48 Swarm’s 1st SpaceBEE cluster deploys from EXOPort-4
01:07:10 Swarm’s 2nd SpaceBEE cluster deploys from EXOPort-4
01:07:17 NanoAvionics’ D2/AtlaCom-1 deploys from EXOPort-3
01:07:24 Spire’s LEMUR number 1 deploys from EXOPort-3
01:07:47 Satellogic's NewSat-22 deploys
01:07:56 Loft Orbital's YAM-2 deploys
01:09:51 Spires’s LEMUR number 2 deploys from EXOPort-3
01:09:58 DARPA/Space Development Agency/Air Force Research Laboratory's Mandrake-2 Baker deploys
01:21:10 Spaceflight Inc.'s Sherpa-FX2 deploys
01:21:14 Spaceflight Inc.'s Sherpa-LTE1 deploys
01:27:35 Starlink satellites deploy