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SSL satellite built for Bulgaria Sat arrives at Cape Canaveral for FOR falcon 9 launch
by Staff Writers
Palo Alto CA (SPX) May 15, 2017


BulgariaSat-1

Space Systems Loral (SSL),a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, has 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., 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.

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SpaceX makes first US military launch, then lands rocket again
Miami (AFP) May 1, 2017
SpaceX on Monday blasted off a secretive US government satellite, known only as NROL-76, marking the first military launch for the California-based aerospace company headed by billionaire tycoon Elon Musk. The payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which makes and operates spy satellites for the United States, soared into the sky atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 7:15 am (1115 GMT). Abo ... read more

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