SpaceX delays Monday launch of Falcon 9 rocket from KSC

SpaceX delays Monday launch of Falcon 9 rocket from KSC”

Air Force weather forecasters predicted questionable conditions during the two-hour launch window that opened at 2:10 p.m., citing cloud and storm-related concerns. Technicians rolled back the rocket to its hangar to receive its USA -built telecom payload before the Falcon 9 was supposed to return to pad 39A some time Sunday evening, ahead of a launch window Monday afternoon.

"I'm excited my first launch opportunity is in partnership with SpaceX", said Hough. "As a side, this will also be our first launch with the Autonomous Flight Safety System, which is expected to help decrease launch costs and improve turnaround times between launches". BulgariaSat-1 will provide reliable satellite communications solutions to broadcast, telecoms, corporate and government customers.

BulgariaSat-1 will be the 4th GTO comsat launch of 2017 and 15th GTO comsat launch overall for SpaceX.

BulgariaSat-1 is a geostationary communications satellite meant to be located at the Bulgarian orbital position, which will provide direct-to-home television (DTH) and data communications services to South East Europe and other European regions. The $235 million project is Bulgaria's first communications satellite. A mobile barge left Port Canaveral last week heading for the landing zone in the Atlantic Ocean.

Both payloads will take off on a Falcon 9 rocket. It was recovered from a January launch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

This is the second of eight planned Iridium NEXT launches.

The Falcon 9's guidance computer will try to release the Iridium satellites 388 miles (625 kilometers) above Earth in an orbit that loops over the planet's poles.

The Bulgaria Sat launch will mark the second time SpaceX relaunches a rocket booster, following the March 30 relaunch of a booster from Florida.

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