Launch Sequence

Launch Sequence

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Launch Sequence Diagram
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Launch Sequence Diagram

Launch Sequence Diagram

Key events during launch are shown in the launch sequence diagram. The following are computer generated scenes depicted from the simulated Mars Science Laboratory launch (325 Mb).


Curiosity Rover on the Launch Pad

Curiosity Rover on the Launch Pad 

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Rocket Launched

Rocket Launched 

2 / 13
Burnout and Jettison of the 4 Solid Rocket Motors

Burnout and Jettison of the 4 Solid Rocket Motors 

3 / 13
Jettison of the Payload Fairing

Jettison of the Payload Fairing 

4 / 13
Booster Engine Cuttoff

Booster Engine Cuttoff 

5 / 13
Atlas and Upper Stage Centaur Separation

Atlas and Upper Stage Centaur Separation 

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Stage 1 Main Engine Starts (MES 1)

Stage 1 Main Engine Starts (MES 1) 

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First Main Engine Cutoff (MECO 1)

First Main Engine Cutoff (MECO 1) 

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Stage 2 Main Engine Starts (MES 2)

Stage 2 Main Engine Starts (MES 2) 

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Second Main Engine Cutoff (MECO 2)

Second Main Engine Cutoff (MECO 2) 

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Second Main Engine Cutoff (MECO 2)

Second Main Engine Cutoff (MECO 2) 

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Curiosity Spacecraft Separates to Cruise Phase

Curiosity Spacecraft Separates to Cruise Phase 

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Curiosity Spacecraft Separates to Cruise Phase

Curiosity Spacecraft Separates to Cruise Phase 

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Launch Events (Atlas V 541)


 

11/26/2011 (DOY 330), UTC

11/27/2011 (DOY 331), UTC

11/28/2011 (DOY 332), UTC

Launch Window

Open

Close

Open

Close

Open

Close

T-Zero

15:02:00

00:00:00

16:45:00

00:00:00

14:41:00

00:00:00

16:24:00

00:00:00

14:19:00

00:00:00

15:59:00

00:00:00

Liftoff

15:02:01

00:00:01

16:45:01

00:00:01

14:41:01

00:00:01

16:24:01

00:00:01

14:19:01

00:00:01

15:59:01

00:00:01

SRB Burnout

15:03:33

00:01:33

16:46:33

00:01:33

14:42:33

00:01:33

16:25:33

00:01:33

14:20:33

00:01:33

16:00:33

00:01:33

SRB Jettison

15:03:51

00:01:51

16:46:51

00:01:51

14:42:51

00:01:51

16:25:51

00:01:51

14:20:51

00:01:51

16:00:51

00:01:51

PLF Jettison

15:05:25

00:03:25

16:48:25

00:03:25

14:44:25

00:03:25

16:27:25

00:03:25

14:22:25

00:03:25

16:02:25

00:03:25

BECO

15:06:21

00:04:21

16:49:21

00:04:21

14:45:21

00:04:21

16:28:21

00:04:21

14:23:21

00:04:21

16:03:21

00:04:21

CCB Stage I Jettison

15:06:27

00:04:27

16:49:27

00:04:27

14:45:27

00:04:27

16:28:27

00:04:27

14:23:27

00:04:27

16:03:27

00:04:27

MES1

15:06:37

00:04:37

16:49:37

00:04:37

14:45:37

00:04:37

16:28:37

00:04:37

14:23:37

00:04:37

16:03:37

00:04:37

MECO1 + Decay

15:13:34

00:11:34

16:56:34

00:11:34

14:52:34

00:11:34

16:35:34

00:11:34

14:30:34

00:11:34

16:10:34

00:11:34

MES2

15:34:24

00:32:24

17:12:01

00:27:01

15:14:33

00:33:33

16:52:10

00:28:10

14:53:53

00:34:53

16:28:10

00:29:10

MECO2 + Decay

15:42:23

00:40:23

17:20:04

00:35:04

15:22:32

00:41:32

17:00:12

00:36:12

15:01:55

00:42:55

16:36:06

00:37:06

Start Turn
to SEP Attitude

15:42:25

00:40:25

17:20:06

00:35:06

15:22:34

00:41:34

17:00:14

00:36:14

15:01:57

00:42:57

16:36:08

00:37:08

Dongara Rise

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-

-

-

-

-

-

-

15:03:47

00:44:47

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-

Start Spin-Up to 2.5 rpm

15:44:58

00:42:58

17:22:39

00:37:39

15:25:07

00:44:07

17:02:47

00:38:47

15:04:30

00:45:30

16:38:41

00:39:41

Dongara Rise

15:45:39

00:43:39

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-

15:25:10

00:44:10

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-

-

-

-

-

Spacecraft SEP

15:46:06

00:44:06

17:23:47

00:38:47

15:26:14

00:45:14

17:03:54

00:39:54

15:05:38

00:46:38

16:39:48

00:40:48

Dongara Rise

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-

17:26:57

00:41:57

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-

17:06:17

00:42:17

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-

16:41:33

00:42:33

Canberra Rise

15:50:49

00:48:49

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-

15:30:08

00:49:08

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-

15:08:33

00:49:33

 

 

TIP

15:51:06

00:49:06

17:28:47

00:43:47

15:31:14

00:50:14

17:08:54

00:44:54

15:10:38

00:51:38

16:44:48

00:45:48

Spacecraft
Transmitter ON

15:52:06

00:50:06

17:29:47

00:44:47

15:32:14

00:51:14

17:09:54

00:45:54

15:11:38

00:52:38

16:45:48

00:46:48

Note: Uncertainties exist on the event times provided.
UTC: Coordinated Universal Time.
MET: Mission Elapsed Time = Time Relative to T-Zero (Liftoff - 1.1 s).
CCB: Common Core Booster, SRB: Solid Rocket Booster, PLF: Payload Fairing, MES1: Main Engine Start #1, MECO1: Main Engine Cut-Off #1, MES2: Main Engine Start #2, MECO2: Main Engine Cut-Off #2, SEP: Separation, TIP: Target Interface Point.