On a cool, crisp, sunny morning, Intelsat 16 team members eagerly boarded the bus that would take them to Yubileiny Airport to await the arrival of the Antonov, which was carrying the precious Intelsat 16 spacecraft. After a picture-perfect landing, the Antonov taxied into position for unloading, and the offload began immediately. Khrunichev worked with amazing efficiency. All people, supplies and the spacecraft (of course) were unloaded without incident in just a few hours. The spacecraft was moved to a rail car, which arrived at the processing hall around 10:00 that night. Many ILS and Orbital team members worked into the early hours of the morning to ensure safe transfer of the spacecraft into the processing hall. All spacecraft operations are proceeding nominally.
22 Jan 2010