http://sslmda.com/html/pressreleases/pr20140908b.htmlNot bad SpaceX - they have just landed another comsat launch contract! As its name suggests, this one is from Bulgaria and is built on Loral's LS-1300 bus - the same one used for the 2 satellites of AsiaSat. (to be fair SpaceX didn't grab it all - in fact Arianespace just announced not 1 but 4 launch contracts for 3 tonne class comsats!)
Quote from: Galactic Penguin SST on 09/09/2014 03:09 AMhttp://sslmda.com/html/pressreleases/pr20140908b.htmlNot bad SpaceX - they have just landed another comsat launch contract! As its name suggests, this one is from Bulgaria and is built on Loral's LS-1300 bus - the same one used for the 2 satellites of AsiaSat. (to be fair SpaceX didn't grab it all - in fact Arianespace just announced not 1 but 4 launch contracts for 3 tonne class comsats!)I surmise that if ArianeSpace has reduced its prices enough to compete with SpaceX in the light satellite category, their profits must be very slim to nonexistent. Either that or they're supplying some sort of deal sweetener, like low-interest financing.
They launch two at a time and probably charge more for the heavier one.
Well, as a Bulgarian who has been following this forum for almost a year now, it is a suitable thread for a first on-topic post Congrats to Bulsatcom for thier first satelite.. and of course to SpaceX for grabbing this launch.Just wait for F9's reusable first stage.. if we are looking at launches for 20-ish mil. usd, then I have no idea how ArianeSpace and similar will compete in this class launches.Do we know the value of the contracts for SpaceX's BulgariaSat and AS's new ones?
Do we know the value of the contracts for SpaceX's BulgariaSat and AS's new ones?
BulgariaSat-1 #satellite has begun thermal vacuum testing, which simulates the harsh conditions of #space.
Two years after Bulsatcom started production of the first Bulgarian geostationary communications satellite, the company has only one test away from full technological readiness of the facility for launch into space. The manufacturer of satellites - the leading company in the sector - Space Systems / Loral (SSL) officially confirmed that BulgariaSat-1 is passed vibration tests...The full technical readiness of the satellite for launch into space, there is only phase for testing antennas in a facility called Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR). Once finalized vibration test, BulgariaSat-1 has been fully tested to be sure that continued to function normally and its components remain completely unharmed....Manufacture of satellites was awarded the leading company in this field - Space Systems / Loral (SSL), based in Silicon Valley in the US. BulgariaSat-1 is scheduled to be launched by the end of 2016 through the launch vehicle Falcon 9 company SpaceX.
QuoteThe launch of the Bulgarian satellite will be carried out by NASA and will be broadcast live from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.
The launch of the Bulgarian satellite will be carried out by NASA and will be broadcast live from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.
Peter B. de Selding @pbdes 1h1 hour agoBulgaria Sat CEO: We can handle a 6-month delay at SpaceX (was scheduled late 2016, now unknowable). Beyond 6 months, customers may leave.
SOFIA (Bulgaria), April 21 (SeeNews) - Bulgarian telecommunications company Bulsatcom said on Friday its geostationary communications satellite, BulgariaSat-1 - the country's first - has successfully completed all major assembly and test procedures at Space Systems/Loral (SSL) in Palo Alto, California.“We are now proceeding to the satellite’s shipment to the launch base,” Maxim Zayakov, CEO of Bulsatcom and its affiliate Bulgaria Sat, said in a statement. “Currently, we are at the stage of planning of launch window.”Before preparations for shipment began, SSL and Bulgaria Sat technicians performed several final checks on BulgariaSat-1, including a test designed to simulate the satellite’s solar array deployments in the zero-gravity environment of space, final integration and test of the satellite’s reflectors, and other important tests to ensure that the satellite will perform nominally during its design life, according to the statement.At the launch base in Cape Canaveral, Florida the satellite will be integrated into a SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket which will take it into orbit. BulgariaSat-1 will be positioned into orbit at 36,000 km above the Earth, providing television and communication services covering the Balkans and other European regions. Within 30 days of the launch, the satellite will be operationally ready to broadcast a large number of high quality TV programmes to end-users.Bulsatcom is a leading telecommunications company and the largest pay-TV services provider in Bulgaria.