Precious Cargo on Board

Precious Cargo On Board: The train carrying the EchoStar XXI launch vehicle arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 2:10 pm local time today in preparation for the integration of the launch vehicle with the satellite. This will be the 6th ILS mission for EchoStar utilizing Proton, the industry workhorse with 412 launches to date. 

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“The Gang’s All Here”

27 November 2016
Spacecraft onsite? Check. Technical, Propulsion and ancillary teams in place? Check. And now the final star of our show has arrived—the much anticipated Launch Vehicle! After a very long and cold train ride thru Russia and Kazakhstan, our Launch Vehicle finally arrived at our processing facility in the early morning hours on November 27. While our teams continue technical works on the spacecraft, our Russian hosts will now begin their task of unloading the Launch Vehicle from the railcars and begin arduous preparations and testing to make sure it is air/space ready. With both “stars of the show” here we can continue to move forward and prepare for that very special event—launch day!

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