Recent Mission

Turksat 5A Mission


On Thursday, January 7 at 9:15 p.m. EST, SpaceX launched the Turksat 5A mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida – SpaceX’s first mission of 2021.

Falcon 9’s first stage booster previously supported launch of GPS III Space Vehicle 03 and two Starlink missions. Following stage separation, SpaceX landed Falcon 9’s first stage on the Just Read the Instructions droneship, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Falcon 9’s fairings were also flight-proven: one half previously supported the GPS III Space Vehicle 03 mission and the other flew aboard the ANASIS-II mission.

You can watch a replay of this mission above.


All Times Are 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 Are Approximate

Hr/Min/Sec Event
00:01:12 Max Q (moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket)
00:02:34 1st stage main engine cutoff (MECO)
00:02:38 1st and 2nd stages separate
00:02:46 2nd stage engine starts
00:03:37 Fairing deployment
00:06:17 1st stage entry burn begins
00:08:02 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO)
00:08:28 1st stage landing
00:26:51 2nd stage engine restarts
00:28:03 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-2)
00:33:04 Turksat 5A deployment