The private company SpaceX has launched from the space center of Cape Canaveral, Florida, the first military satellite of south korea, announced on Tuesday that the ministry of south Korean Defense.
It is a rocket Falcon 9 which carried the satellite ANASIS-II, said the ministry in a press release. SpaceX has confirmed that the satellite was deployed 32 minutes after its takeoff Monday afternoon local time.
The Administration of acquisition programs of the ministry of south Korean Defense (Dapa) said that South Korea became the tenth country in the world to have a communication satellite exclusively military, which will allow his army to have “communications satellites used by the military permanent and secure”.
The satellite must achieve in two weeks, the orbit at 36 000 km and the south Korean army will take control in October after a phase of tests.
Seoul is seeking to develop its military capabilities in the context of a transfer of control in times of war to its armed forces, currently held by the United States.
Washington park, 28 500 troops in the South to face the north Korean threat. The Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice, but no peace treaty has not been concluded, so that the two neighbors are still technically in a state of war.