'BulgariaSat-1': Launch of Bulgarian satellite delayed yet again

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While the stability of Iridium-2's West coast launch already began to tickle the imaginations of SpaceX's ardent fans, the public announcement that the upcoming weekend could feature a launch "double-header" all but confirmed that SpaceX already has at least two completely independent launch teams.

SpaceX test fires the previously flown Falcon 9 rocket booster that will launch BulgariaSat-1 during a June 15 test.

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.

Hawthorne-based SpaceX, the Los Angeles area spacecraft and rocket developer, has delayed today's launch of BulgariaSat-1 to replace a fairing valve, saying that its next launch opportunities for the spacecraft are 6/23 and 6/24.

The launch date for this mission has been delayed multiple times.

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"If schedule holds there will be two Falcon 9 launches within 48 hours (Cape & Vandenberg) this weekend", he wrote. CEO Elon Musk sees the full-circle reusability as crucial to lowering launch costs and increasing access to space.

The company blamed a valve on the rocket's fairing for the latest delay. "It is dual redundant, but not worth taking a chance", Musk wrote.

SpaceX has three planned launches from Florida in July.

Once the rocket does launch, it will carry BulgariaSat-1, the country's first geostationary telecommunications satellite.

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