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SpaceX Launches South Korea’s Anasis-11 Satellite, Recovers Both Halves of Rocket Fairing

By | July 20, 2020

ANASIS-II satellite (Photo by Airbus)

SpaceX successfully launched South Korea’s first military satellite, Anasis-11, on a Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket took off at approximately 5:30 p.m. EST Monday from the company’s Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The satellite separated from its rocket at an altitude of about 630 kilometers. Anasis-11 is scheduled to reach its intended target orbit in two weeks. The satellite’s manufacturer, Airbus, will hand off the satellite to the South Korean in October.

The mission was delayed for nearly a week so that SpaceX could conduct additional booster checks. That said, this latest SpaceX Falcon 9 launch still represents a record turnaround time for a reusable launcher.

SpaceX also hit a technical milestone by successfully catching both halves of the Falcon 9 fairing used to launch Anasis-11, SpaceX CEO and Founder Elon Musk tweeted following the launch.