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SpaceX Delays Today's Launch, But Might Have Two Next Weekend

20 June 2017

The launch will open around 2:10 p.m. EDT by June 23, but there will be a back up on June 24.

During the test, the engines will ignite before turning off seconds later, while the rocket remains anchored to the launch pad. 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. Other satellites are scheduled to commence on June 25 in the Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The SpaceX founder and CEO once again rocked the Twittersphere Sunday when he revealed what could be a first for his space company: a launch doubleheader.

'Twas not meant to be, at least not tomorrow for the launch of Bulgaria's first satellite that was set to launch on June 19 from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A in Florida.

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Earlier, Musk wrote that the BulgariaSat-1 launch delay was a safety precaution.

The launch of the Bulgariasat-1 will be the first satellite for the country.

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. It will be located at the Bulgarian orbital position at 1.9 degrees East longitude and will provide reliable satellite communications solutions to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers.

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The Falcon flight will mark the first mission for new 30th Space Wing Commander Col. Michael Hough.

The SpaceX has three possible launches to be accomplished from Florida within the month of July.

BulgariaSat-1 will be taken into space from Cape Canaveral aboard a space-proven Falcon 9 rocket provided by SpaceX.

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SpaceX Delays Today's Launch, But Might Have Two Next Weekend