SpaceX chose to postpone launch of Falcon-9 with Bulgariasat-1 communications satellite from today to at least Friday, 23rd June.
The planned Monday afternoon launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center with a commercial communications satellite has been delayed, SpaceX said on Sunday, according to News 6 partner Florida Today. SpaceX said on Sunday that it “could be a weekend doubleheader” for the company on Twitter.
SpaceX test fires the previously flown Falcon 9 rocket booster that will launch BulgariaSat-1 during a June 15 test.
With a public acknowledgement that SpaceX is even willing to consider two launches within 48 hours, let alone officially schedule those launches with confidence, speculation of weekly launch cadence has been all but confirmed as a likely reality for SpaceX in the near future. The rocket is scheduled to make its second spaceflight on June 23.
Earlier in June, SpaceX said June 17 was targeted as a launch date noting that the launch window will remain open for the next few days in case of change in the meteorological conditions.
The launch of “BulgariaSat-1”, a so-called geostationary satellite owned by BulgariaSat, a division of Bulsatcom, was delayed yet again.
Blastoff of the Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 on South Base is planned for 1:25 p.m. Sunday with 10 Iridium Next communication satellites set to head to orbit. 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.
“This batch of satellites is at the launch site, mated to their dispenser, fueled, encapsulated in the fairing and patiently waiting for their big day”, Iridium CEO Matt Desch said. “It is dual redundant, but not worth taking a chance”, Musk wrote.