Has the SpaceX steamroller finally arrived?

by Peter B. de Selding

BulgariaSat-1 is months late from its original launch date but BulgariaSat Chief Executive Maxim Zayakov had nothing but praise for SpaceX, which was a startup in 2006, when BulgariaSat contracted the launch. Credit: BulgariaSat


PARIS — Bulgaria’s BulgariaSat on May 5 said its BulgariaSat-1 telecommunications satellite would be launched in mid-June aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket employing the same first stage that launched 10 Iridium mobile communications satellites into low Earth orbit in January.

If the launch occurs on schedule, it would offer proof that despite the September 2016 on-pad . . .

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