After SpaceX had to complete its planned Starlink launch on Saturday, it will begin its ANASIS II mission this week with the launch of a South Korean military satellite.
At the weekend, SpaceX confirmed that it had completed a static fire test on its Falcon 9 rocket before launch. The static fire test consists of preparing the ground control, the launch ramp and the rocket as for the actual launch. The rocket is then loaded with fuel and briefly fires its engines for a few seconds. This allows engineers to measure factors such as pressure and temperature and check that everything is working properly.
Static fire test completed – target is July 14 for Falcon 9 to launch ANASIS-II from SLC-40 in Florida
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 11, 2020
After completing the static test fire, the company is ready to launch on Tuesday, June 14th.
The Booster Falcon 9 used at launch on Tuesday will be the same one that was used recently for the historic first test flight of the new Crew Dragon capsule with SpaceX crew, during which NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken brought to the International Space Station and for the first time Astronauts have been launched from U.S. soil since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.
The reusability of rocket boosters is an important innovation from SpaceX and a way the company has distinguished and plans to make rocket launches more affordable.
A Falcon 9 rocket launches on May 30 for the crew crew's first capsule test flight. SpaceX
As the satellite launched on Tuesday is a military satellite, not much is known about it. ANASIS-II was built by Airbus, offers secure communication and is based on the Eurostar satellite platform. SpaceFlightNow reports that the satellite was formerly known as KMilSatCom 1 and was purchased by South Korea from Lockheed Martin as part of a compensation for the purchase of combat aircraft and was awarded to Airbus.
Watch the start live
The start is scheduled for around 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 14th, according to CNet. If you want to watch the launch live, SpaceX will share live streams of its launches on its website, with coverage starting 15 minutes before the launch.