The First South Korean Military Satellite Anasis-II Entered Geostationary Orbit
The military satellite of the Republic of Korea Anasis-II, launched into space on July 20 by the Falcon 9 launch vehicle of the American company SpaceX, successfully reached the final position in geostationary orbit, according to the South Korean Defense Procurement Agency.
"The device took a position in a fixed orbit at an altitude of about 36 thousand km above the Earth on July 31 at 7:11 am," the Agency notes. With the launch of Anasis-II, South Korea became the tenth country in the world to have its own communications satellite exclusively for military purposes.
The construction and launch of this satellite is part of a deal for South Korea to purchase 40 F-35A fighters from the United States. Anasis-II is built on the platform of the Airbus Eurostar E3000 spacecraft. It is designed to provide secure and interference-resistant communications for the South Korean military.
The launch of the satellite was originally scheduled for July 14, but the operation was postponed due to the need to conduct additional checks of the second stage of the Falcon 9.