SpaceX is in the midst of its first critical NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program demonstration following the successful launch of the second Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station¹s Launch Complex 40 at 10.43 am EST.
Nine minutes later, the Falcon 9’s second-stage engine shut down and separated from the Dragon capsule.
The targeted position was a 300- kilometer circular orbit inclined 34.5 degrees, though SpaceX is still to confirm the spacecraft reached the correct orbit. If all goes well, the Dragon spacecraft is expected to splash down in the Pacific just after 2 pm EST.
Lift off occurred on the second attempt, the first launch attempt at 9:06 a.m. having been halted three minutes before liftoff due to a false abort on the ordnance interrupter ground feedback position.