SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Will Launch The Koreasat-5A Mission.

Later this month on October 30th, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will blast off from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center with the Koreasat-5A mission, a communications satellite for KTsat based in South Korea. The launch window is from 3:34 pm to 5:58 pm EDT. This will the second SpaceX launch from Kennedy Space Center this month. On October 11, SpaceX successfully launched the SES-11 / EchoStar 105 mission from the Florida Spaceport. 

KoreaSat-5A Satellite

KoreaSat-5A Mission galaxy background.
KoreaSat-5A galaxy background. Credit: Thales Group

Built on the Upgraded Spacebus 4000B2 platform from Thales Alenia Space, KoreaSat-5A will carry Ku-band transponders and will cover Korea, Japan, Indochina and the Middle East. KoreaSat-5A will be constructed using the largest 3-D printed spacecraft parts made in Europe using a 3D printing technique called the “powder bed additive manufacturing process”. Measuring some 45cm by 40cm by 21cm, these telemetry and command antenna supports are made of aluminum.  

Thales Alenia Space uses the Concept Laser Xline 1000R 3D printer, the largest laser beam melting machine in Europe,  belonging to Poly-Shape, a French company, and partner of Thales Alenia Space. KoreaSat-5A was designed to have a life expectancy of 15 years. 

KoreaSat-5A Mission Specs:

Number of TranspondersKu-band: 24×54 MHz
Ku-band: 12x36MHz
Uplink/Downlink Frequencies (GHz)13.75 – 14.5 / 11.45 – 11.7, 12.25 – 12.75
PolarizationLinear (Horizontal or Vertical)
Orbital Location (Longitude)113° E
Geographic CoverageKorea, Japan, Philippine, Indochina, Central Asia, etc.
Launch Service ProviderSpaceX
Launch Date2017
Spacecraft (Model)Spacebus 4000B2
ManufacturerThales Alenia Space
Lifetime15 years


The KoreaSat-5A mission will be the 20th launch for SpaceX this year and the 48th for the Falcon 9. You can read about past SpaceX launches on our archive page

View the KoreaSat-5A mission gallery page for more photos and videos. 


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