The second stage has shut down on time and Dragon now flies on its own.
Launch controllers report the Falcon 9 rocket continues to perform well as the second stage pushes the cargo-laden Dragon into orbit.
The nine Merlin 1D engines have shut down as planned and the first stage separated while the second stage takes over.
Falcon 9 and Dragon have passed through the region of maximum dynamic pressure which places the greatest stress on the rocket during its ascent.
Falcon 9’s rockets are carrying the spacecraft high above the Atlantic Ocean. Supersonic.
The Falcon 9 has cleared the tower and Dragon is on its way to space with experiments for the Earth and the journey to Mars!
Everything remains go!
Final check complete by SpaceX launch director and Air Force Eastern Range. We are go for launch in one minute, 30 seconds!