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August 27, 2008 2:40 pm (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

[img]http://www.ilslaunch.com/assets/Images/Media/Nimiq-4-Blog/ILS-Green-team.jpg[/img] The team has been busy making sure things run smoothly in Baikonur, but they took some time to give us a rundown of what’s been happening as of late. Can you handle the [b]juicy details[/b] of this oh so [b]top secret[/b] info, straight from the team themselves?! [b]20 August (The Beginning…)[/b] Early Team Arrival What a warm welcome we received as our plane touched down at the Yubileyny airport. After a short stop through the customs "house" we headed to the hotel and were greeted by the remaining Inmarsat-4 F3 ILS team members. We were able to enjoy and celebrate for a few hours and then prepare for the arrival of the Main Team on 21 August followed by the NIMIQ 4 satellite on the 22nd. [b]21- 22 August (The Gathering…)[/b] Main Team and Spacecraft Arrival Main Team landed 21 August with no issues, all safe and sound. The following day the offload crew arrived at the airfield before 09:00 to watch as the Antonov carrying the NIMIQ 4 SC landed and taxied in. The crew unloaded the SC and three Sea-Land containers containing equipment and supplies for the campaign, and we watched as the crane moved the containers and eventually the SC onto the train which departed the airfield right on schedule, at exactly 14:00. Even the train was able to appreciate our compressed schedule, arriving a few hours later (but 30 minutes ahead of schedule) at the Processing Facility. The spacecraft container was offloaded from the railcar in Integration Hall 101. [b]23 August (The Tests…)[/b] SC Standalone Testing begins The cargo containers were unpacked and the satellite was gently removed from its container. Afterwards, the satellite was rolled into Hall 103A where it will be the subject of standalone operations over the next several days. [b]24 August (The Food: Good for ya, or Too Good for ya…)[/b] Work hard, eat harder – It’s time for a Mixer! We have our first Joint Operations Jamboree tonight! You’re invited to a party: Where: the FILI hotel When: 18:00 until ... TBD What: cocktails, dinner and the first chance since team arrivals to catch up with past campaign colleagues and to meet the newcomers What to expect: A great time to be had by all

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