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KA-SAT Joint Operations Restarted!

December 21, 2010 11:53 am (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

Joint ops restarted on Friday! The orbital unit, which consists of the space craft/adapter/upper stage, was tilted and then encapsulated by the payload fairing. A dinner was held Friday evening to celebrate the restart of joint ops. It was a nice evening, with a delicious meal prepared by Olga, the restaurant manager, and her team. On Saturday, everyone went to Hall 101 to sign the fairing. It was a great time, with many personal messages left on the fairing. Sunday the ascent unit (the orbital unit plus the fairing) was moved to Hall 111 and integrated with the launch vehicle. We now have an integrated launch vehicle and are getting closer to the launch! The next two days will be quieter due to Breeze M fueling. After that, it will be time to roll out to the launch pad!

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