SpaceX launched a South Korean military satellite via the Falcon 9 rocket this Tuesday after postponing a different rocket launch. This launch happened from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, marking the continuation of the busy operations of the California-based rocket company.
The SpaceX team hoisted the Falcon 9 rocket vertically on launchpad 40. An automatic computer-controlled launcher system filled the Falcon 9 rocket with supercooled pressurized kerosene and liquid oxygen.
The countdown resulted in the kick-start of the rocket’s nine Merlin 1D engines at precisely 2200 GMT. The engines fired up, creating 1.7 million pounds of propulsion pressure in seconds as the jerks constrained the Falcon 9 on the pad.
Observers were mesmerized as they witnessed fumes drawing out of the rocket in this test-firing procedure. There are anticipations that SpaceX will give a press release on the results of the test-firing after a statistical review of the data.
The Falcon 9 will be gear down to SpaceX’s hangar close to pad 40 so that the engineers can load onto it the Anasis 2 satellite. This satellite will facilitate communications for the South Korean military team.
If all goes well with the launch operations, SpaceX intends to launch the mission this Tuesday in the four-hour launch period from 2100 GMT to 0055 GMT.
The test-fire for Anasis 2 mission took place concurrently the same day when SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, a few kilometers north of pad 40. However, SpaceX postponed this launch from pad 39A to create more time for technical preparations.
SpaceX went on to tweet that they will be announcing the appropriate launch date for the mission from pad 39A. This launch will deploy 57 Starlink broadband internet satellites together with a double of BlackSky Earth-imaging microsatellites. This Starlink/BlackSky launch was to be on the 26th of June, but SpaceX postponed it to finalize the pre-launch tests. An attempted launch this past Wednesday was called off a few minutes to take off due to bad weather.
SpaceX is yet to submit any delay problem save for the launch of the Starlink/BlackSky mission save for lousy weather. It was unprecedented whether SpaceX would proceed to launch the Anasis 2 this Tuesday or shift focus to launch the Starlink/BlackSky mission.
In conclusion, SpaceX has been able to launch 11 Falcon 9 missions this year, with the latest being the deployment on the 30th of June for the US military GPS navigation satellite from pad 40. The launch of the Anasis 2 satellite clouds with secrecy as per the wishes of the South Korean government. This satellite details that are known is that it is a product of the Airbus Defense and Space and also a communication intelligence satellite for this nation’s military department.