SpaceX and its Falcon 9 put the Korean military satellite, Anusis-II, into orbit. The launch took place on Monday, July 20, 2020, at the Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Originally scheduled for 4:00 p.m. local time (EDT), the launch was delayed by one hour due to strong gusts of wind. At 5:00 p.m. local time (EDT), the Falcon 9 lifted off without any problem to deliver its precious cargo into geostationary orbit, some 40 minutes later.
Stage 1 of the Falcon 9 landed, approximately 500 km from Cape Canaveral, in the centre of the target of the Droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. What a feat and success for the firm of Elon Musk. Another Falcon 9 is already ready for launch in the next few days, with the Starlink-10 mission. Eyes are also on Boca Chica in southern Texas, where the SN5 version, prototype of the future Starship, will undergo a battery of tests this week, before its first take-off and landing in the days to come.
Reviewing the launch of the Falcon 9 and the military communications satellite :
William Mahe (WM), books and news author, passionate about the Universe, Science and technologies, university graduate from the Paris - Meudon Observatory in Astronomy and Celestial Mechanic. President of the SPETspace STEAM Society and Publishing Director of the SPETspace News. He is also a Harley Davidson and Honda motorcycles lover.