Elon Musk's SpaceX has something major planned for this weekend after some unforeseen delays forced it to happen.
SpaceX has just made a major announcement that will result in a pretty spectacular event this weekend. Company representatives are calling it a “weekend doubleheader” as the delay of the next Falcon 9 rocket launch to at least Friday will result in two launches quite close together.
SpaceX announced Sunday that it would push back the Monday launch of a Bulgarian communications satellite to Friday at the earliest due to a problem with a valve on the booster. That means it will launch the Falcon 9 rocket, which has been previously flown, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and then turn around and launch another commercial satellite on Sunday, June 25, from Vanedenberg Air Force Base located in California.
“If schedule holds there will be two Falcon 9 launches within 48 hours (Cape & Vandenberg) this weekend,” SpaceX founder Elon Musk said in a tweet.
“Falcon 9’s first stage for the BulgariaSat-1 mission previously supported the Iridium-1 mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in January of this year,” the SpaceX statement reads. “Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will attempt a landing on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. BulgariaSat-1 is a geostationary communications satellite built by SSL in Palo Alto, Calif., which will provide direct-to-home television (DTH) and data communications services to Southeastern Europe and other European regions. 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.”