SpaceX Launches Communications Satellite With Reused First Stage

Screenshot of Bulgaria 1 satellite launch. (Credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX successfully launched the BulgariaSat 1 spacecraft on Friday using a previously flown Falcon 9 first stage. The stage landed on a drone ship off the coast of Florida. The launch occurred from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Falcon 9 first stage on drone ship. (Credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX’s next launch is on Sunday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch 10 Iridium Next satellites at 4:25 p.m. EDT.

  • JamesG

    That looks like a very unhappy Falcon. But at least it didn’t go boom.
    Is there any video of the landing posted yet?

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    Usually don’t get that kind of footage for a few days when back in port. Especially, since they have a leaning tower of BulgariaSat1 I can imagine no one is going to be casually walking around that deck at sea to pull flash cards from GoPros. May even get a chance to pull the robot out of the barn and try the first robotic capture of the stage.

  • Dave Erskine

    Yawn! This is so lame… yo! Boring snoring… just one damn roket thingy from the West Co and the East Co… landing on little boats, like- is this just gonna keep going on week after week? Geek away Elon the Stars await…. Phit! Lets see what the Kardashians are doing… ;-]

  • Terry Stetler

    Toasty yes, but a data bonanza as regards stage survivability. They’ll be crawling all one this one.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    5 month turn around, or less, on this stage. Anyone know when this stage was tested at McGreggor?

  • Carlton Stephenson

    Have to wonder what OCISLY was thinking right at that moment. And perhaps all the way into port. 😉

  • JamesG

    “I got it! I got! I… don’t got it! Ooooooo. Whew. I got it!”

  • Vladislaw

    Nothing like doing hotfire tests of the landing software.. so how hot you can bring in the used stages? Looks like they can bring them down and still land em…

  • Carlton Stephenson

    Exactly! 😀

  • JamesG

    And the thermal properties of the nozzles and aft structures, and the supersonic retropropulsion dynamics, and etc. etc.

  • duheagle

    There seems to be some question as to whether it was tested – i.e., static-fired – at all up until the pre-launch hot-fire, that is.

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    No question, it was not.

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  • Merisea

    Note: SpaceX’s low cost to orbit are already manifesting themselves in this launch. CEO of BugariaSat Zayakov says it could not have afforded the launch without SpaceX: “People don’t realize that, for small countries and small companies like us, without SpaceX, there was no way we would ever be able to even think about space.”

  • Terry Stetler

    And….they hit Iridium NEXT #2, the second half of the doubleheader, out of the park.

    2 launches in 2 days, 11 satellites in orbit, 2 stages recovered – one for the second time , and IntelSat 35e is in the queue for the first week of July.

  • Bulldog

    Hit it out of the park they did! The accomplishments and the launch cadence are impressive. Here’s to hoping they can keep it up. Certainly wish the whole team the best.