Falcon 9 launch timeline with Anasis 2

Falcon 9 launch timeline with Anasis 2

SpaceX is targeting Monday, July 20, for its rescheduled launch of a South Korean military satellite called ANASIS-II (Army/Navy/Air Force Satellite Information System 2).

The payload separated and deployed about 32 minutes after liftoff.

On May 30, the same rocket vaulted a gumdrop-shaped spacecraft, Crew Dragon, into orbit with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley strapped inside.

The Falcon 9 booster for the Anasis-II mission is a heritage-producing rocket.

The Anasis-II mission will raise off from House Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Power Station in Florida.

After today's launch, SpaceX will still have to play a bit of catch-up with its schedule, sending another satellite into space for client BlackSky and delivering another couple of loads of its own Starlink satellites into orbit. If the liftoff will commence as per schedule, SpaceX will grab the record for the quickest turnaround time between flights of an orbital-class rocket stage.

SpaceX did not immediately provide a time for the launch, although it likely could come between 5 p.m. and 8:55 p.m., according to the Spaceflight Now website.

SpaceX's customer for this launch was Lockheed Martin on behalf of the government of South Korea.

The ANASIS-II spacecraft is a military communications satellite from and for South Korea, which marks an worldwide extension of SpaceX's service to global military forces.

The ANASIS-II spacecraft is based on Airbus's Eurostar E3000 satellite bus, over 80 of which have been ordered for various communications missions.

SpaceX originally had planned to launch the ANASIS-II communication satellite on Tuesday but delayed the mission to take a closer look at the second stage and possibly swap out some hardware.

Known as launch turnaround, the record SpaceX now holds refers to the time it takes for a reusable rocket to launch twice.

The SpaceX rocket booster has successfully launched its ANASIS-II satellite into space, breaking a record in the process.

The Falcon 9 first stage booster set to loft the Anasis 2 payload has one previous flight to its credit. Shuttle Atlantis ultimately went on to launch 31 more times after two major overhauls in 1989 and 1997 and was also the last Space Shuttle to launch when it completed the STS-135 mission in June 2011. At T- 16 minutes, liquid oxygen also begins flowing into the second stage. Main engine start is commanded three seconds before the vehicle lifts off from the pad.

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