Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : BulgariaSat-1 : June 23, 2017 : UPDATES  (Read 126048 times)

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UPDATE ONLY thread for BulgariaSat-1 mission.

NSF Threads for BulgariaSat-1 : Discussion / Updates / L2 Coverage May-June / ASDS / Party
NSF Articles for BulgariaSat-1 :
   Falcon 9 readies for Static Fire test ahead of Inmarsat 5 F4 mission
   Bulgariasat launch realigns; SpaceX secures X-37B launch contract
   SpaceX preparing to static fire next Falcon 9 – another flight proven booster
   SpaceX Falcon 9 ready for second flight with BulgariaSat-1 mission

Successful launch on June 23, 2017 at 3:10pm EDT (1910 UTC) on Falcon 9 (reused booster 1029.2) from LC-39A at Cape Canaveral.  Booster landed successfully on ASDS.

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   SpaceX Dragon Articles  /  SpaceX Missions Section (with Launch Manifest and info on past and future missions)
   L2 SpaceX Section



http://sslmda.com/html/pressreleases/pr20140908b.html
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SSL SELECTED TO PROVIDE DIRECT BROADCAST SATELLITE TO BULGARIA SAT

PALO ALTO, Calif. – September 8, 2014 — Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected to provide a communications satellite for Bulgaria Sat, an affiliate of Bulsatcom, which is a leading telecommunications company and the largest provider of pay-TV services in Bulgaria. The satellite, which will provide Direct-to-Home (DTH) television service in the Balkan region, will be Bulgaria Sat’s first dedicated satellite. 

“SSL has a long history of working with both large established satellite operators and newer ventures to provide highly reliable satellites for today’s advanced services,” said John Celli, president of SSL.  “It has been a pleasure to help Bulgaria Sat reach this milestone of ordering its first satellite, which will help expand connectivity in the region, bringing the latest in up-to-date information and entertainment.”

The satellite, BulgariaSat-1, will provide DTH services and fixed satellite services in the Balkans and other European regions to help meet the growing demand for telecommunications services. BulgariaSat-1 will be equipped with 2 Ku-band FSS transponders and 30 Ku-band BSS transponders for fixed satellite services and advanced television services such as high definition television.

“We selected SSL to manufacture our first satellite early on, based on its history of success and reliability,” said Maxim Zayakov, chief executive officer of Bulgaria Sat.  “SSL has been an excellent partner in helping us bring this project to fruition.”

SSL assisted Bulgaria Sat in obtaining all of the financing for the satellite, including export credit financing from the Export-Import Bank of the United States.  BulgariaSat-1 will be delivered in-orbit, following its launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2016.

BulgariaSat-1 is based on the space-proven SSL 1300 satellite platform that provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and technology advances.  It is designed to deliver service for 15 years or more.

Not 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.  8)

(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!)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:  Wendy Lewis
SSL
+1 (650) 852-5188

SSL SATELLITE BUILT FOR BULGARIA SAT ARRIVES AT CAPE CANAVERAL LAUNCH BASE FOR FALCON 9 LAUNCH

PALO ALTO, Calif. - May 12, 2017 - Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that the BulgariaSat-1 satellite, designed and built for Bulgaria Sat, an affiliate of Bulsatcom, which is a leading telecommunications company and the largest provider of pay-TV services in Bulgaria, has arrived at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where it will be launched aboard a space-proven Falcon 9 vehicle provided by SpaceX. BulgariaSat-1 will be Bulgaria's first satellite. SSL is a subsidiary of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company.

"SSL has a history of working closely with new satellite operators to help them move their businesses forward," said John Celli, president of SSL. "We are pleased that this first satellite ever built for a company in Bulgaria has safely arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and look forward to BulgariaSat-1 making history as the second satellite ever to launch on a Falcon 9 that has flown a previous mission. Launch vehicle reuse is an important enabler for the satellite industry."

BulgariaSat-1 will provide high quality Direct-to-Home television and telecommunications services in the Balkans and other European regions. It is equipped with 30 Ku-band BSS transponders to broaden the availability of advanced television services such as high definition television.

"BulgariaSat-1 is an essential part of Bulsatcom's strategy to expand high quality TV and communications offerings to meet customer demand," said Maxim Zayakov, chief executive officer of Bulgaria Sat. "SSL has been an excellent partner in helping us make our vision a reality and we eagerly await next month's launch." 

Based on the powerful SSL 1300 platform, the satellite is designed to provide service for 15 years or more. 

About Bulgaria Sat and Bulsatcom
Bulgaria Sat is an affiliate of Bulsatcom, which is a leading telecommunications company and the largest provider of pay-TV services in Bulgaria. Bulgaria Sat is the only satellite operator and the country's innovator in space industry, providing reliable and secure satellite communications solutions to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Bulgaria Sat is headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Bulsatcom is the largest pay-TV provider in Bulgaria, providing more than 100 digital TV channels - including exclusive content - as well as broadband internet access. Bulsatcom's leading market position is based on outstanding customer support and high-quality broadcast services.



Caption for attached image:  Built by SSL, the first satellite for Bulgaria has successfully arrived at the SpaceX launch base.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - BulgariaSat-1 - mid-June 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #2 on: 05/12/2017 10:44 AM »
An update post based on context:

I hope the media would stop calling BulgariaSat-1 "Bulgaria's first satellite".

It's the first geostationary comm satellite of Bulgaria, but it's not the first satellite in general.

The first satellite of Bulgaria is Intercosmos 22 (also called Bulgaria 1300). It used a Soviet-built Meteor bus and it was also assembled in Bulgaria and equipped with Bulgarian science instruments.

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(Allowing this as an update post - Chris)
« Last Edit: 05/12/2017 10:52 AM by Chris Bergin »

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - BulgariaSat-1 - mid-June 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #3 on: 05/12/2017 01:34 PM »
Payload arrives:
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SpaceX's Next Payload Arrives In Florida, Second Mission To Refly Rocket

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A new satellite, BulgariaSat-1, built for a Bulgarian telecommunications company, has arrived at Cape Canaveral in Florida, in preparation for what will be the second mission to refly a rocket for Hawthorne-based SpaceX.

http://www.socaltech.com/spacex_s_next_payload_arrives_in_florida_second_mission_to_refly_rocket/s-0070377.html
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - BulgariaSat-1 - mid-June 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #4 on: 05/17/2017 04:48 PM »
SpaceX Opens Media Accreditation for BulgariaSat-1 Mission
 
Media Contact: John Taylor
media@spacex.com
310.363.6703
 
HAWTHORNE, Calif. – May 17, 2017. Media accreditation is now open for SpaceX's BulgariaSat-1 mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch is targeted for no earlier than mid-June.
 
A flight proven SpaceX Falcon 9 will deliver BulgariaSat-1 to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).
 
Members of the media who are interested in covering the launch must fill out this media accreditation form by 3:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 22.
 
Members of the media who are foreign nationals must also provide photocopies of their valid visa and passport to media@spacex.com. 
 
Requesting accreditation is not required of media who hold current annual press credentials issued by Kennedy Space Center security, but it is appreciated for planning purposes.
                                                                                                                                         
Kennedy Space Center security, not SpaceX, decides which media are credentialed to cover launches from LC-39A. Please keep in mind simply making the request in a timely fashion does not guarantee the request will be granted. Be sure to provide all the information included on the SpaceX form.
 
More details on the mission and pre-launch media activities will be made available at a later date closer to launch.
« Last Edit: 05/17/2017 04:49 PM by jacqmans »

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - BulgariaSat-1 - June 15, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #5 on: 05/18/2017 11:52 AM »
Via Twitter
Peter B. de Selding‏
@pbdes

@SpaceX says BulgariaSat-1 GTO launch using flight-proven 1st stage to occur no earlier than mid-June from KSC's Pad 39A.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 - BulgariaSat-1 - June 15, 2017 - UPDATES
« Reply #6 on: 05/23/2017 03:25 AM »
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Refurbishingt @SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage for March @SES-10 launch: 9 mnths. For June BulgariaSat-1: 'a few mnths:' SpaceX's Hoffeller.

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/866830568360624128

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Launch window is 2hrs for this.

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Appears the first stage was transported to the HIF after the CRS-11 liftoff:

Source http://wereportspace.com/2017/06/04/spacex-re-flies-dragon-capsule-crs-11/ (via Spacex Facebook page)


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June 11 was the NET reported (L2) for the Static Fire ahead of CRS-11. Waiting to see if the slight slip on CRS-11 impacted on the Static Fire and launch date.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launch with BulgariaSat-1 from 39A now NET June 17, Static Fire NET June 13. CRS-11 two-day weather slip was the impact.

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Appears the first stage was transported to the HIF after the CRS-11 liftoff:

Source http://wereportspace.com/2017/06/04/spacex-re-flies-dragon-capsule-crs-11/ (via Spacex Facebook page)



Confirmed.  It's Bulgariasat's booster. 

"@SpaceX
Hours after CRS-11 lifted off, this flight-proven booster rolled into the hangar at 39A; targeting June 17 launch of BulgariaSat-1."
« Last Edit: 06/07/2017 02:12 PM by ChrisGebhardt »

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Here's the picture from the SpaceX tweet: https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/872455800177831936
« Last Edit: 06/07/2017 02:13 PM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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TechCrunch are claiming (indirectly) it's 1029

https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/07/spacex-aims-to-reuse-a-falcon-9-booster-used-in-january-on-june-17/

I'm not seeing a source in the article, and I asked SpaceX what the tail number was via a tweet reply. ( https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/05/05/bulgarias-first-communications-satellite-to-ride-spacexs-second-reused-rocket/ from SFN implies 1029 too)
« Last Edit: 06/07/2017 03:07 PM by Lar »
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This is their pace on show. They are still on track for the evening of the 13th for the Static Fire. Next schedule update is Monday, no expectations of changes

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I got a pretty good look at LC-39A from the tour today! Will be covering the entire lead-up to and launch this week from KSC.

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Very nice! Per this thread being updates....and those photos showing the TEL still being out there, we have no change to the schedule at this time, but it's tight per the Static Fire per how the flow "should" have that TEL in the HIF today. Will update if there's a change.

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The walls have ears.... Static Fire has slipped a day to Wednesday (just updated in the L2 KSC schedule - launch date - no impact).

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