SpaceX Could Launch "Double Header" After BulgariaSat 1 Delay

Eloi Lecerf
Junho 20, 2017

In a follow-up message, it said that, paired with a planned launch of a communications satellite on Sunday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, it "could be a weekend doubleheader".

On Friday, Bulsatcom said that SpaceX has completed the static fire test of Falcon 9 and targeted June 19 as a launch date.

The payload for Sunday's launch will be from telecommunications company Iridium, for which SpaceX previously launched 10 low-Earth orbit satellites in January.

The Autonomous Flight Safety System debuted on its maiden flight from Kennedy Space Center on a Falcon 9 rocket earlier this year, leveraging software developed at the 30th Space Wing.

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The launch of Bulgaria's first satellite has been delayed to no-earlier-than Friday, June 23 due to need by SpaceX to replace a fairing valve on the rocket. SpaceX engineers needed time to replace a pneumatic valve on the fairing, the protective nose cone that covers the satellite during liftoff, but there was already a backup in place, he added.

The launch of "BulgariaSat-1", a so-called geostationary satellite owned by BulgariaSat, a division of Bulsatcom, was delayed yet again.

Elon Musk, SpaceX's CEO and founder, then chimed in on the possibility of seeing two SpaceX rockets launching in just a few days.

A two-hour window was scheduled to open at 2:10 p.m. Monday. "It is dual redundant, but not worth taking a chance", Musk wrote. The Iridium satellite launch, meanwhile, is now scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex 4 at 1:25 p.m. PDT (4:25 p.m. EDT/2025 GMT).

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