|Watch live: SpaceX to launch used rocket, deliver satellite into orbit|
"BulgariaSat-1 is the first geostationary communications satellite in Bulgaria’s history," SpaceX said.
By Brooks Hays | June 23, 2017 at 9:28 AM
June 23 (UPI) -- SpaceX is scheduled to launch a used rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Friday afternoon. Launch time is set for 2:10 p.m. EDT.
The Falcon 9 rocket was launched in January from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. As in January, the rocket will execute a controlled landing -- this time on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
The rocket will carry a Bulgarian geostationary communications satellite into low-Earth orbit. The satellite was designed and built by Space Systems Loral, or SSL.
"BulgariaSat-1 is designed based on SSL's proven 1300 series platform and it will provide service in the Balkans, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Northern Africa, and the Caucasus with its highpower European beam," SpaceX wrote in a news release. "In addition, BulgariaSat-1 is equipped with a spot beam which can be used to provide extra capacity over the Balkans. The satellite is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer."
"BulgariaSat-1 is the first geostationary communications satellite in Bulgaria's history," SpaceX added.
The launch and landing will be streamed live on SpaceX's website.