SpaceX has successfully launched South Korea’s first military satellite “ANASIS-II”. The satellite was deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) by a Falcon 9 rocket. It was launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the US of Florida.
With this launch, South Korea has become the 10th country to own a military-only communications satellite, which will provide permanent and secured military communications. The satellite is expected to reach its orbit of 36,000 kilometres in 2 weeks. South Korea’s military will take over the system in October after testing.
ANASIS-II was previously named as KMitSatCom-1. It replaces the Koreasat-5/ANASIS-I satellite, a combined civilian and military communications satellite launched in 2006. As part of a package for Lockheed Martin’s F-35A combat aircraft, South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration(DAPA) contracted with Lockheed Martin for the satellite. The spacecraft of the satellite is based on Airbus’s Eurostar E3000 satellite bus.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- South Korea President: Moon Jae-in.
- South Korea Capital: Seoul.
- South Korea Currency: South Korean Won.
- SpaceX founder & CEO: Elon Musk.
- SpaceX president & COO: Gwynne Shotwell.
- SpaceX Founded: 2002.
- SpaceX Headquarters: California, United States of America.