On Thursday, August 4th at 7:08 p.m. ET, a SpaceX Falcon 9 launched KPLO to a ballistic lunar transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
This was the sixth launch and landing of this booster, which previously supported the launch of Arabsat-6A, STP-2, COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2, and two Starlink missions.
The Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) moon probe, also known as Danuri, successfully launched from the Cape Canaveral SFS in Florida. Once the 678 kg. (1,495-pound) satellite successfully reaches the target orbit, a one-year mission is planned, according to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).
The payload includes four Korean instruments that include two cameras plus a magnetometer and a gamma ray spectrometer. Also featured with KPLO is an highly sensitive camera from NASA — ShadowCam — that has the ability to capture imagery from within the dark moon craters.
South Korea will be the seventh space agency to position a satellite into Moon orbit if the mission continues successfully, following those of the United States, the European Union (EU), Japan, China, India and Russia.