SpaceX Could Launch Two Falcon 9s on Same Weekend

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft on board, (Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

SpaceX has delayed the Falcon 9 launch of the BulgariaSat 1 communications satellite until no earlier than Friday, June 23, with June 24 as a backup date. The launch had been scheduled for Monday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

CEO Elon Musk tweeted that engineers are replacing a fairing pneumatic value.

The delay sets up the possibility of the dual launch of Falcon 9’s for the East and West coasts.  SpaceX is scheduled to launch  the Iridium Next 11-20 satellites on Sunday, June 25, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • JamesG

    Not quite a simultaneous launch which, would of course be awesome.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    It’s a peak at what can be. Somewhat like when there would be two shuttles at 39A and B. But don’t forget this is happening due to a delay, not because SpaceX can generate two launch vehicles for near simultaneous launch on a regular basis. Yet. There was probably a reason the two launches were planned a week apart. But it will be a good show.

  • windbourne

    this will be good exercise for them when Texas is complete. Even at 1x a month for all of these sites, it will mean an average of 1x / week. Add in weather issues and you can bet that a good chunk of these launches will be within 24 hours of each other.

  • Arthur Hamilton

    I’ve gotten used to SpaceX turning negatives in advantages.