Charge Anasis-II, South Korea’s first military communications satellite. The rocket to be used is the same rocket that took astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to space.
SpaceX will launch this Tuesday a South Korean military satellite aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, which will take off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 6:00 pm (Brasilia time) this Tuesday (14). As usual, the launch will be broadcast live through the SpaceX website, starting at 5:45 pm.
The Anasis-II cargo is South Korea’s first military communications satellite. The little that is known about the equipment is based on the Eurostar E3000 platform, from the French company EADS Astrium.
This will be SpaceX’s 12 launch this year. The Falcon 9 that will be used in this mission is the same one that took astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to space this March in the historic Demo-2 mission. The climatic conditions are favorable.
After taking the satellite into space, the rocket will return to Earth and try to land on board the “Of Course I Still Love You” ferry in the Atlantic Ocean. SpaceX will also try to recover the two halves of the fairing that protects the satellite during launch, using boats Ms. Tree and Ms. Chief.
Towards the stars
While continuing with the commercial launches of Falcon 9, SpaceX is focusing its engineering efforts on the development of Starship, a spacecraft the company plans to use for interplanetary travel, with the primary objective of colonizing Mars.
SpaceX has been following an aggressive testing routine, with several prototypes being built (and destroyed) in sequence. This is the result of a strategy known as the Minimum Viable Product (MVP), very common in software startups. The idea is to collect as much validated information as possible with the minimum of effort.
For example, given the need to prove the propellant’s reliable ignition, SpaceX builds only the minimum necessary for the test, often no more than a fuel tank, the propellant and an ignition control, something that can be done quickly and low cost.
In case of failure, a replacement “test item”, incorporating a correction, can be quickly assembled and tested. If successful, the learning is taken to a new stage of the product (in this case the spaceship), and so on.
The company is due to carry out its first low altitude flight test this week, using a prototype known as SN5. The expectation that he will reach an altitude of 150 meters.
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