Breeze M Fueling

Breeze M Fueling
It’s that time….One A2G ILV ready for BM Fueling.  Today the ILV was transferred out of H111 to the BM Fueling area.  As we know fueling is a hazardous operation so the entire team has been relocated to our respective hotels for the duration of operations. These two days are when most team members take the opportunity to recharge, regroup, and unwind.  Some of the team will head into Baikonur-town for a day trip, catch up over lunch and perhaps even buy some Christmas presents for their loved ones at home. Others however will stay at the hotels, catch up with additional tasks/projects and naturally prepare for the upcoming operations….they are checking their lists….twice!

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Integration of Proton M Ascent Unit and Mating with Breeze M for Astra 2G Launch Completed

Launch operations for the Astra 2G ILS Proton launch continue on schedule. Since late last week, the Khrunichev, ILS, SES and Airbus teams have been in the process of assembling the Ascent Unit (AU) including the mating of the Astra-2G spacecraft with the Breeze M upper stage (US) at the 92-А50 Integration & Testing Facility (ITF). On Monday, the final operations with the AU were carried out including electrical checkouts of the SC+US stack and installation of the payload fairing halves. In accordance with the schedule, the AU was transferred to the assembly hall and was mated with the Proton M launch vehicle.

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Joint Operations Begin!

Joint Operations Begin!
Joint operations have started! What a day it was yesterday. A collective, dedicated team effort along with a well-orchestrated plan provided for smooth transparent operations. The final product is the orbital unit sitting in the tilter in all its glory! Today it will be tilted (very carefully) into the horizontal position.  A plethora of activities will take place over the next few days, all of which will culminate into an Ascent Unit (SC enclosed by the Payload Fairing).

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Yamal 401 Spacecraft Fueling Complete

The final day of fueling of the Yamal 401 spacecraft was completed as planned today in Baikonur. Joint operations are on schedule to support the Proton launch of Yamal 401 in December. The Yamal 401 satellite was designed and manufactured by ISS Reshetnev on the Express-2000A platform for JSC Gazprom Space Systems and will provide communications services to Russia and CIS countries.
 

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