SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches South Korean Satellite

Falcon 9 launches on July 20, 2020. (Credit: SpaceX webcast)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. (July 20, 2020) — A SpaceX Falcon 9 booster successfully launched South Korea’s ANASIS-II military communications satellite on Monday evening.

The booster lifted off at 5:30 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Airbus-built satellite separated from the second stage 32 minutes after launch.

Falcon 9’s first stage successfully touched down on an offshore drone ship. The stage previously launched Crew Dragon to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said two boats caught both halves of the fairing in nets for the first time.

It was SpaceX’s 11th launch of 2020.