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SpaceX Could Launch “Double Header” After BulgariaSat 1 Delay

By Kendall Russell | June 19, 2017
      Static test fire of Falcon 9 at Launch Pad 39A. Photo: SpaceX.

      Static test fire of Falcon 9 at Launch Pad 39A. Photo: SpaceX.

      After pushing back the launch of a Bulgarian communications satellite on Sunday, June 18, SpaceX announced it could proceed with “double-header” launches this coming weekend.

      Falcon 9 was set to launch BulgariaSat 1 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, but SpaceX stated on Twitter it would delay the launch to replace a valve on the rocket’s fairing.

      SpaceX stated the next launch opportunity for BulgariaSat 1 opens at approximately 2:10 p.m. EDT on June 23, with a backup window on June 24. With the next set of Iridium Next satellites scheduled to launch on June 25 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, the company could potentially launch two satellites within a 48-hour period.

      BulgariaSat 1, operated by BulgariaSat, will provide Direct-to-Home (DTH) television and telecommunications services in the Balkans and other European regions. The satellite carries 30 Ku-band Broadcasting Satellite Service (BSS) transponders to broaden the availability of services such as High Definition (HD) television.