KPLO Mission

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Published 2022-08-04
On Thursday, August 4 at 7:08 p.m. ET, Falcon 9 launched KPLO to a ballistic lunar transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

This was the sixth launch and landing of this booster, which previously supported the launch of Arabsat-6A, STP-2, COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2, and two Starlink missions.

All Comments (21)
  • Paul Dean
    When he says "see you next time" at the end, I'm thinking okay see you in a week. So far better than a launch each week average.
  • Pv8man
    Can't stop watching these, they never get old.
  • Spottie 559
    So nice to finally see a deployment. It’s been a long while. Good stuff.
  • Jerry Archer
    Congratulations SpaceX on another great mission.
  • BuilderMAN
    You can clearly see the difference in the trajectory when going to orbit vs to lunar transfer orbit. Goosebumps!
  • Alguien más quedo así 🤡🤡 esperando a que sonara dynamite
  • KPLO is such a cool spaceship!!! With awesome equipment !! And very important missions for returning us to the moon.
  • an on
    It's amazing how much harder it accelerates after Max Q
  • P Kim
    Good job SpaceX ! 55:20 달궤도 탐사선 분리. KPLO = Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter
  • Kris T
    Amazing views and amazing work by SpaceX!! I wonder though, does the 2nd stage now also follow the sattelite to the Moon? And if so, what's suppose to happen with the 2nd stage now? I'm curious :)
  • Fred Planatia
    Awesome 4K views of this launch. Well done Spacex and congrats to the KPLO team on a successful launch. A very cool payload and interesting orbital transfer. I hope all goes smoothly. I have to say the video was unintentionally funny because the KPLO program manager and the President of KARI had such an undynamic delivery of their text payload compared to the background music. Anyway, all good! except maybe that 1st stage recovery. Any news on that? landing looked a bit more off center than usual.
  • Kent Deusinger
    It’s nice hearing the genuine joy and excitement from these SpaceX employees responsible for these launches 🚀. You can tell they’re proud of what they accomplish and for what they do.
  • miko foin
    Thanks! KPLO today, Korea's spectacular Black Eagles demo team at RIAT last week. Great summer for Korean aerospace!
  • Dana Peck
    Thanks! KPLO today, Korea's spectacular Black Eagles demo team at RIAT last week. Great summer for Korean aerospace!
  • PunPride25
    Every launch is one step closer to Starship in orbit!