SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Launched ANASIS-II Mission
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On Monday, July 20, 2020, at 5:00 pm, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launched the ANASIS-II mission, South Korea’s first dedicated military communications satellite, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. ANASIS-II was delivered into a geostationary orbit (GEO) over the Korean Peninsula. The primary launch window opens at 5:00 p.m. EDT, or 21:00 UTC, and closes at 8:55 p.m. EDT, or 00:55 UTC on July 21. A backup launch opportunity is available on Tuesday, July 21 that opens at 5:00 p.m. EDT, or 21:00 UTC, and closes at 8:55 p.m. EDT, or 00:55 UTC on July 22.
Excerpt from wikipedia for ANASIS-II, in italics, below:
ANASIS-II (Army Navy Air Force Satellite Information System-II), formerly called “KMilSatCom 1”, is a South Korea‘s first military reconnaissance satellite which was launched on 20 July 2020. It was built by Airbus Defence and Space as part of an offset package into the purchase of 40 F-35 combat aircraft.
Falcon 9’s first stage previously launched Crew Dragon to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board. 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, in the video “ANASIS-II Mission“, below:
ANASIS-II was deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) by its Falcon 9 Launcher. The satellite utilizes its own propulsion to maneuver into its operational geostationary orbit. In the past, geostationary communications satellites made up the bulk of SpaceX’s commercial launch manifest, but ANASIS-II was SpaceX’s first GTO mission of 2020.
In the video “SPECTACULAR LAUNCH: SpaceX ANASIS-II Mission to launch South Korean Military Satellite“, below:
SpaceX initially planned to launch on July 14, 2020, but there was a technical issue needing to be addressed and a potential hardware swap on the second stage. The technical issue was addressed and the new launch date of July 20, 2020, was established.
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