SpaceX successfully launched South Korea’s first military satellite, Anasis-11, on a Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket took off at approximately 5:30 p.m. EST Monday from the company’s Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
At the time of this report, the satellite was on its way to separation after launch at an altitude of about 630 kilometers. Anasis-11 is scheduled to reach its intended target orbit in two weeks. The satellite’s manufacturer, Airbus, will hand off the satellite to the South Korean in October.
The mission was delayed for nearly a week so that SpaceX could conduct additional booster checks. That said, this latest SpaceX Falcon 9 launch still represents a record turnaround time for a reusable launcher. More details to come.