Launch Sequence of Events

Mission Timeline: Launch - archived

Launch Sequence of Events

 

MER-A "Spirit"
(Delta II 7925)

MER-B "Opportunity"
(Delta II 7925H)

 

LP Open

LP Day 20

LP Open

LP Day 20

Launch Date

30 May 2003

18 June 2003

25 June 2003

14 July 2003

Coast Opportunity

Short

Short

Long

Long

Launch Azimuth(deg)

93

99

93

99

93

99

93

99

Launch Time (hh:mm:ss, UTC)

18:32:38

19:11:43

17:19:28

17:57:00

04:38:16

05:19:19

01:53:40

02:37:00

Event

Mission Elapsed Time (sec)

Mission Elapsed Time (sec)

Liftoff

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Mach 1

32.4

32.4

32.4

32.4

29.6

29.6

29.6

29.6

Maximum Dynamic Pressure

49.7

49.6

49.7

49.6

38.8

38.8

38.8

38.8

Solid Motor Burnout (6 of 9)

63.1

63.1

63.1

63.1

76.4

76.4

76.4

76.4

Solid Motor lgnition (3 of 9)

65.5

65.5

65.5

65.5

79.0

79.0

79.0

79.0

Solid Motor Separation (3 of 9)

66.0

66.0

66.0

66.0

80.5

80.5

80.5

80.5

Solid Motor Separation (3 of 9)

67.0

67.0

67.0

67.0

81.5

81.5

81.5

81.5

Solid Motor Burnout (3 of 9)

128.8

128.8

128.8

128.8

155.7

155.7

155.7

155.7

Solid Motor Separation (3 of 9)

131.5

131.5

131.5

131.5

159.5

159.5

159.5

159.5

Stage I Main Engine Cutoff (MECO)

263.4

263.4

263.4

263.4

263.5

263.5

263.5

263.5

Vernier Engine Cutoff

269.4

269.4

269.4

269.4

269.5

269.5

269.5

269.5

Stage I-II Separation

271.4

271.4

271.4

271.4

271.5

271.5

271.5

271.5

Stage II Ignition

276.9

276.9

276.9

276.9

277.0

277.0

277.0

277.0

Start of Stage II Steady-State

277.3

277.3

277.3

277.3

277.4

277.4

277.4

277.4

Payload Fairing Jettison

282.0

282.0

282.0

282.0

282.0

282.0

282.0

282.0

Stage II Engine Cutoff 1 (SECO-1)

578.5

579.0

578.5

579.0

527.8

528.4

527.8

528.4

Enter Solar Eclipse

1476.3

1351.5

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Exit Solar Eclipse

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1480.6

1388.0

2286.9

2119.4

Restart Stage II

1725.8

1600.2

1544.6

1423.3

4208.6

4076.8

4561.5

4422.8

Stage II Engine Cutoff 2 (SECO-2)

1853.9

1728.4

1673.3

1552.1

4340.2

4208.3

4729.0

4590.2

Stage III Spinup

1903.9

1778.4

1723.3

1602.1

4390.2

4258.3

4779.0

4640.2

Stage II-III Separation

1906.9

1781.4

1726.3

1605.1

4393.2

4261 .3

4782.0

4643.2

Enter Solar Eclipse

N/A

N/A

1735.3

1616.0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Stage III Ignition

1943.9

1818.4

1763.3

1642.1

4430.2

4298.3

4819.0

4680.2

Stage III Burnout (TECO)

2031.0

1905.5

1850.5

1729.3

4517.3

4385.4

4906.1

4767.4

Goldstone Rise

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

5005.2

4921.1

Initiate Yo-Yo Despin System

2313.9

2188.4

2133.3

2012.1

4800.2

4668.3

5189.0

5050.2

Spacecraft Separation - Stage III Jettison

2318.9

2193.4

2138.3

2017.1

4805.2

4673.3

5194.0

5055.2

Goldstone Rise

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

4820.1

4750.5

N/A

N/A

Targeting Interface Point (TIP)

2543.9

2418.4

2363.3

2242.1

5030.2

4898.3

5419.0

5280.2

Canberra Rise

2959.2

2979.7

2986.7

3045.1

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Exit Solar Eclipse

3130.3

2997.6

3779.6

3655.6

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Canberra Set

24977.9

22478.0

23158.1

20706.9

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Madrid Rise

26748.3

24454.4

25437.8

23237.5

6858.0

7858.8

6319.9

6608.8

Goldstone Set

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

7179.3

N/A

Goldstone Rise

53458.1

51130.7

51887.9

49644.6

N/A

N/A

8818.3

N/A

Madrid Set

62393.1

59972.5

58342.5

55991.3

15631.9

11984.9

18796.1

15724.9