SpaceX to Launch ANASIS-II Military Communications Satellite for South Korea

SpaceX to Launch ANASIS-II Military Communications Satellite for South Korea

SpaceX to Launch ANASIS-II Military Communications Satellite for South Korea

The Korean flag graces the Falcon 9 payload fairing, made up of a South Korean armed service comms satellite.

The Anasis-II mission lifted off into blue skies at 2:30 p.m. PT from House Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Drive Station in Florida.

South Korea's first military communications satellite was launched into space Monday, Seoul's arms procurement agency said, making the country the world's 10th to own a communications satellite for military purposes only.

On Saturday, Elon Musk's spaceflight corporation announced the Anasis-II mission is now established for launch on Monday, July 20.

Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully launched a South Korean military communications satellite into orbit Monday from Cape Canaveral in Florida, in the process beating its own record for turnaround time in the reuse of a rocket.

If the Anasis-II start happens before the subsequent Starlink mission, which is now awaiting a new launch day, it will be SpaceX's 12th launch this yr, the 90th flight of a Falcon 9 and the 2nd total for this unique booster.

The satellite was slated to launch last week, but SpaceX delayed the mission in order to inspect the rocket's second stage, the company said in a tweet.

South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration contracted with Lockheed Martin for the satellite, as part of a package for Lockheed Martin's F-35A combat aircraft. It launched May 30 with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on the first test flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft with people on-board.

The Falcon 9's second stage Merlin engine restarts to propel the Anasis 2 communications satellite into an elliptical transfer orbit. SpaceX's booster turnaround record was previously held by B1056, which launched the 5th Starlink mission just 62 days, 14 hours, and 55 minutes after launching the JCSat-18/Kacific-1 mission.

In the long run, SpaceX hopes to lessen the turnaround time involving launches from months to days, but as it is continue to mastering from the system, added care is getting taken among launches. But SpaceX declared it was pushing back again blast-off "to choose a nearer appear at the 2nd stage, swap components if wanted" just a working day just before launch. The satellite should deploy at T+32 minutes. For the first time ever, SpaceX has successfully caught both halves of Falcon 9's payload fairing with twin recovery ships GO Ms. Tree and Ms.

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