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Bulgaria became space country: BulgariaSat-1 launched from Cape Canaveral

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Space Systems Loral (SSL) announced that the BulgariaSat-1 satellite, designed and built for Bulgaria Sat, an affiliate of Bulsatcom was launched on Friday from Cape Canaveral, Fl., and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.

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The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard a previously flown SpaceX Falcon 9, and has started firing its main thruster to propel itself toward its final circular orbit in the geostationary arc.

"I would like to congratulate Bulgaria Sat on the successful launch of its first satellite, and for making history as the first Bulgarian company to operate a satellite," said John Celli, president of SSL.

"Thank you to the teams at Bulgaria Sat, SpaceX, and SSL, which worked closely together to make this launch a success."

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.

Once it goes into service, the satellite will be located at 1.9° East longitude.

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