SpaceX ANASIS-II Falcon 9 Military Satellite
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The SpaceX ANASIS-II mission is well underway, and the agency has successfully launched and then landed a Falcon 9 rocket Monday at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying a military communications satellite for South Korea. It was originally set for a Sunday launch, but was eventually delayed over concerns about the second stage of the rocket’s test launch. Read more for a livestream and additional information.

ANASIS 2 (Army | Navy | Air Force Satellite Information System 2) is South Korea’s first dedicated military communications satellite, with Alcatel Space supplying the multi-mission satellite, built by Airbus Defense and Space. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) initially had a contract with Lockheed Martin in 2014 for a military comsat, but they decided not to manufacture the satellite for the price and subcontracted it in 2016 to Airbus Defence and Space after encountering difficulties with the budget.

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Falcon 9’s first stage previously launched Crew Dragon to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the ‘Just Read the Instructions’ droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. The ANASIS-II spacecraft will deploy about 32 minutes after liftoff,” said SpaceX.