SpaceX successfully launches ANASIS-II military satellite.
On Monday, July 20, SpaceX successfully launched and deployed South Korea’s first military satellite, the ANASIS-II using a Falcon 9 rocket.
The rocket was launched at exactly 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), located at Cape Canaveral, Florida, after a thirty-minute delay due to weather concerns.
The mission was originally scheduled to take place on July 14, but was postponed by SpaceX for further hardware check.
The Falcon 9 booster that carried the payload, successfully landed on the Just Read The Instructions drone ship.
A special Falcon 9
This particular mission was the company’s twelfth overall this year, and marked the 90th flight of a Falcon 9 in general.
The Falcon 9 booster, codenamed B1058, used for this particular mission was previously launched for another significant one as well: the one where the Crew Dragon successfully took off and docked on the International Space Station!
Yet another record broken by SpaceX
This Falcon 9 booster has also broken a 35-year old reuse record, also known as launch turnaround.
A launch turnaround is the time it takes for a reusable rocket to launch twice.
NASA previously set the launch turnaround record in October 1985, when it launched the Space Shuttle Atlantis twice in the span of 54 days.
That record now belongs to SpaceX’s own Falcon 9, since this latest mission constitutes the fastest turnaround between missions, at 51 days.
And there’s more.
The fairing halves are the pieces that make up a rocket’s nose cone.
The nose cone is one of the rocket’s key components.
It protects it against the impact of dynamic pressure and the heat produced by the rocket’s high-speed passage through the atmosphere.
SpaceX has attempted for more than three years to re-capture both halves before they land in the ocean, to no avail.
Up until now!
The ANASIS-II mission marks the first time both of the Falcon 9’s fairing halves were caught, as confirmed by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.
In conclusion, records are made to be broken…by SpaceX!