South Korea will launch its first military satellite
Maybe as early as next Summer from Florida -VIDEO
South Korea's first military communications satellite could be launched into space by the Kennedy Space Center next month, and rumors say this project would form part of compensation agreements for Seoul's purchase of F-35A fighter jets from Lockheed Martin. The Anasis-II satellite is expected to be brought into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket by the US space company SpaceX around the second week of July. So at least the American media reports. But South Korea has made it known today that the launch date will depend on many factors, not least the weather conditions. The South Korean arms procurement agency, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), also said that the launch date has to be fixed yet, and "It still takes time to organize the program. Many factors such as conditions atmospheric must be considered and reviewed" said one of his officials.
However, Anasis-II is expected to provide more secure communications and broader coverage than the international and civilian-owned satellites, which South Korean military forces have so far had to rely on.
Instead, the news is confirmed that the satellite has already been shipped this week from its Airbus factory in France to Florida, where the launch will take place. Airbus Defense and Space itself revealed it yesterday in a note informing it that "Anasis-II has left the Airbus plant in Toulouse, France, and has been shipped to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for its neighbor launch. Designed for South Korea, Anasis-II will provide secure communications over broad coverage. Based on the highly reliable Eurostar platform, Anasis-II will be the 52nd Eurostar E-3000 satellite to be launched, and will operate in geostationary orbit".
Below the video highlights the improbability of July as a launch date:
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