Seoul said on Tuesday in a statement, South Korea’s first-ever military communications satellite has been successfully launched by private operator SpaceX, as it looks to build up its defence capabilities.
The main aim of ANASIS-II is to enhance the South’s ability to defend itself against the nuclear-armed North, which invaded in 1950.
Seoul’s (DAPA) Defense Acquisition Program Administration said in a statement, The Falcon 9 rocket keeping the satellite blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
DAPA stated in an announcement, the launch made South Korea the 10th nation on the earth to own a military-only communications satellite, which is able to provide “permanent and secured army communications”.
Also on Monday afternoon, SpaceX confirmed that the satellite deployed about 32 minutes after lift-off,
Also, it added, it’s being expected two weeks to reach satellite to its orbit of 36,000 kilometres and South Korea’s military will take over the system in October after testing, it added.
Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and CEO, has mentioned he desires to launch, recover and re-launch a Falcon 9 booster twice within a 24-hour interval. However, SpaceX is not near that achievement simply but. The company has efficiently launched and recovered one booster 5 times. (It launched one other booster on 5 flights, however, an engine anomaly triggered that booster to overlook its drone ship landing.)
SpaceX’s upcoming Starlink mission will characteristic the company’s third booster to fly 5 instances. Tucked inside that rocket’s nostril cone is a stack of 57 Starlink satellites in addition to two Earth-imaging microsatellites from BlackSky World.
Seoul is finding out a way to improve its navy capabilities because it pushes to finish an arrangement below which, if war breaks out, American commanders could have authority over their mixed forces.
At Yonhap news agency an official of its defence ministry instructed, The satellite was “anticipated to enhance the South Korean navy’s independent operational capabilities”, Seoul and Washington are safety allies and the US stations, 28,500 troops, within the country.
However, their relationship has been strained in recent times, triggered by variations of their approaches to Pyongyang, and over cost-sharing duties.