SpaceX successfully launched a South Korean military communications satellite on Monday with a Falcon 9 rocket,media reported. Last week, the satellite was delayed due to technical problems. At 2:30 p.m. Pacific time on July 20, Anasis-II blasted off from Space Launch Station 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. SpaceX reported that the satellite had been successfully put into orbit.
The launch is SpaceX’s 12th this year and the 90th for the Falcon 9, and the second overall launch of the special booster. The booster is understood to have been launched for the first time in May, sending NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station, the first time a commercial company has done so successfully.
After the split, the Falcon 9 landed successfully on the Just Read the Instructions landing platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
Anasis-II is South Korea’s first military communications satellite. It has been revealed that because it has a relationship with the military, there is not much information about it other than that it is based on Airbus’s Eurostar E3000 satellite bus. According to NASA Spaceflight.com, the quality of the Anasis-II is kept secret because of its military mission, but other E3000 satellites weigh between 4,500 and 6,500 kilograms at launch.
Anasis-II was deployed approximately 32 minutes after liftoff. SpaceX did not broadcast the satellite’s deployment live on the webcast, but provided verbal confirmation on the live stream.