On Sunday, June 6 at 12:26 a.m. EDT, Falcon 9 launched the SXM-8 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. This was the third launch and landing of this Falcon 9 first stage booster, which previously launched NASA astronauts on the Crew-1 and Crew-2 missions to the International Space Station.

Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage landed on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, located in the Atlantic Ocean.


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 begins
00:35:00 1st stage LOX (liquid oxygen) loading begins
00:16:00 2nd stage LOX loading begins
00:07:00 Falcon 9 begins pre-launch engine chill
00:01:00 Command flight computer to begin final prelaunch checks
00:01:00 Propellant tanks pressurize for flight
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)
00:02:33 1st stage main engine cutoff (MECO)
00:02:36 1st and 2nd stages separate
00:02:44 2nd stage engine starts
00:03:23 Fairing deploy
00:06:31 1st stage entry burn begins
00:08:12 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO)
00:08:40 1st stage landing
00:26:07 2nd stage engine restarts
00:26:51 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-2)
00:31:42 SXM-8 deploys