The launch of South Korea’s military Anasis-II mission lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 2:30 p.m. PT.
Earlier this month, on July 14, there was a delay as SpaceX explained it was pushing back the blast-off “to take a closer look at the second stage, and to swap hardware if needed” just a day before launch.
Anasis-II is South Korea’s first military communications satellite, which resulted in a very limited amount of information regarding the mission to a minimum, except that it is based on Airbus’ Eurostar E3000 satellite bus. ANASIS-II will be deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) by its Falcon 9 launcher, and the satellite will then use its own propulsion to maneuver into its operational geostationary orbit. Based on past history the geostationary communications satellites made up the majority of SpaceX’s commercial launch manifest, but ANASIS-II will be SpaceX’s first GTO mission of 2020.