SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch Anasis II military satellite for South Korea’s Korean Agency for Defense Development. It will lift off from Space Launch Complex 40A (SLC-40A) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
ANASIS-II, previously known as KMilSatCom-1, is South Korea’s first dedicated military satellite. It was paid for by Lockheed Martin as part of an agreement in which, the South Korean government purchased 40 F-35 fighter jets in exchange for a military communications satellite. This mission will end the country’s dependence on the Mugunghwa-5 satellite, which they currently use in conjunction with Korea Telecom.
ANASIS-II will be delivered into a geostationary orbit (GEO) over the Korean Peninsula.
Launch window begins at 05:00pm ET (09:00pm GMT)
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Anasis II mission will be SpaceX's 12th mission this year and the 89th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket.
The booster supporting this mission is Block 5 B1058.2 which previously launched NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. The ANASIS-II spacecraft will deploy about 32 minutes after liftoff.
Courtesy of SpaceX
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