SpaceX Eyes Weekend ‘Doubleheader’ Launch

SpaceX Eyes Weekend ‘Doubleheader’ Launch

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SpaceX Eyes Weekend ‘Doubleheader’ Launch

SpaceX has delayed the launch of its next Falcon 9 rocket to at least Friday (June 23), setting the stage for a possible “weekend doubleheader,” company representatives said this weekend.

On Sunday (June 18), SpaceX announced it had pushed back the Monday afternoon launch of a Bulgarian communications satellite to no earlier than Friday so ground crews could replace a valve on the Falcon 9 booster.

The delay means SpaceX will now launch a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket with the Bulgarian satellite (called BulgariaSat-1) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, then launch another commercial satellite mission on Sunday (June 25) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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June 19, 2017 at 09:56PM

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