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 â€˜Ð”Ð¾ ÑÐ²Ð¸Ð´Ð°Ð½Ð¸Ñ!â€™ [da sviâˆ™danâˆ™ya] to the spacecraft (at least visually), we also say â€˜Bon voyage!â€™ to the Loral mechanical and propulsion teams, who have left the Cosmodrome and are heading back to California. We will miss you all!
19 Jun 2009