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S. Korea's first military satellite launch delayed due to inspection

All News 10:57 July 14, 2020

SEOUL, July 14 (Yonhap) -- The planned launch of South Korea's first military communications satellite has been postponed for a hardware inspection, a U.S.-based commercial space firm said.

The Anasis-II satellite had originally been scheduled to lift off from Florida on a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket Tuesday (U.S. time), but a new target launch date will be decided following the checkup, according to SpaceX.

"Standing down from tomorrow's launch of ANASIS-II to take a closer look at the second stage, swap hardware if needed. Will announce new target launch date," the company tweeted without elaborating why it is conducting the inspection and what the problem was.

On Sunday, the company said it completed a static fire test for the planned launch.

The military satellite project is part of an offset package for South Korea's purchase of 40 F-35A fighter jets from Lockheed Martin in 2014. Lockheed subcontracted the satellite manufacturing deal in 2016 to Airbus Defense and Space.

Currently, the South Korean military relies on international and civilian-owned satellites for communications.

This undated photo uploaded on the website of Airbus Defense and Space on June 11, 2020, shows the Anasis-II satellite. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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