Joint operations started with the mating of the spacecraft to the payload adapter and Breeze M upper stage. After a successful tilt into horizontal position, final checks were made of Sirius FM-5, before it was encapsulated by the two halves of the payload fairing. As we say ‘До свидания!’ [da svi∙dan∙ya] to the spacecraft (at least visually), we also say ‘Bon voyage!’ to the Loral mechanical and propulsion teams, who have left the Cosmodrome and are heading back to California. We will miss you all!

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