The SpaceX rocket that introduced the company’s 1st astronaut mission for NASA previous month fired up its engines when a lot more Saturday (July 11) in a take a look at that sets the stage for the launch of South Korea’s to start with navy satellite this 7 days.
The Falcon 9 rocket ignited its 9 very first-stage Merlin engines briefly in a so-referred to as static hearth take a look at at Place Launch Compex-40 of the Cape Canaveral Air Drive Station in Florida. The regular SpaceX rocket check clears the way for the prepared start of the Anasis-II navy communications satellite for the South Korean government on Tuesday (July 14) at 5 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT).
“Static fireplace test total – focusing on July 14 for Falcon 9 start of ANASIS-II from SLC-40 in Florida,” SpaceX wrote in a Twitter update. The exact Falcon 9 1st stage launched NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the Intercontinental House Station on Demo-2, SpaceX’s to start with-at any time crewed spaceflight, on May 30, SpaceX extra.
The rocket examination transpired the identical working day as a prepared SpaceX start of a distinctive Falcon 9 rocket carrying 57 Starlink online satellites and two BlackSky Global Earth-imaging satellites variety the close by Pad 39A launch website at NASA’s Kennedy House Centre. SpaceX referred to as off that launch on Saturday morning citing the require for extra rocket checks.
Developed by Airbus Defence and Space, Anasis-II has been billed as South Korea’s to start with armed service satellite and is designed to “deliver secured communications around large coverage,” according to Airbus.
The new satellite is based on Airbus’ Eurostar E3000 satellite system and will be released into a geostationary orbit, Airbus additional. Geostationary orbits allow satellites to maintain a place about the exact same component of Earth at an altitude of about 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometers).
According to Spaceflight Now, Anasis-II was previously acknowledged as KMilSatCom. Till this mission, South Korea has relied on civilian-owned and global satellites for communications demands, Spaceflight Now additional.
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