Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Bulgariasat-1 postponed to Friday

Bulgariasat-1 postponed to Friday

But SpaceX, the company which provides and launches Falcon 9 rockets for "BulgariaSat-1" and other satellites, said a fairing valve on the rocket needed to be replaced.

The second set of Iridium Next satellites is on track for a Sunday afternoon departure from Vandenberg Air Force Base, potentially part of a double-header weekend for the Falcon rocket manufacturer.

Official statement was given yesterday - SpaceX chose to move back for four days launch of first Bulgarian GEO communications satellite which was planned for today from LC-39 launch site at Kennedy Space Center.

SpaceX is targeting launch of BulgariaSat-1 from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The satellite will be deployed approximately 35 minutes after launch.

This will be the first launch for Col. Michael S. Hough, 30th Space Wing commander, who took command on June 9th.

During the test, the engines will ignite before turning off seconds later, while the rocket remains anchored to the launch pad. The launch will open around 2:10 p.m. EDT by June 23, but there will be a back up on June 24.

Falcon 9's first stage for the BulgariaSat-1 mission previously supported the Iridium-1 mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in January of this year.

Many people are eagerly waiting for the launch of the first telecommunication satellite in Bulgaria. The satellite is equipped with a spot beam which can be used to provide extra capacity over the Balkans, and is created to provide service for 15 years or longer. The satellite is created to provide service for 15 years or longer.

The launch date for the Bulgarian mission has been interrupted several times.

The Falcon 9, which is supposed to carry the Bulgarian satellite, is a so-called proven rocket, meaning it has been in space before.

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