4-8 May: More logo signing, Cinco de Mayo, Pad equipment transfer and AU transfer to H111, Soyuz Progress Launch [img]http://www.ilslaunch.com/assets/Images/Media/IndoStar-II-ProtoStar-II-Blog/final-logo-signingblog.jpg[/img] [b]Photo:[/b] [i]Final Logo Signing[/i] [b]4 May[/b] More Logo Signing â€“ Last day to sign the PLF logo. Team members who waited to sign today or just arrived on 2 May gathered in H101 to dedicate their work and time away from home to family, friends and colleagues. Usually this is the last operation before moving the AU onto the railcar and rolling into H111 for mating with the LV. This time, we had to stay in H101 until the LV was authorized for mating the AU. The rest of the work continued on schedule. [b]5 May[/b] Cinco de Mayo – Fiesta at the Fili. Boeing team members really worked hard to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves. Mexican food, Mexican and American drinks and a piÃ±ata full of previous campaign stickers and candy! [b]6/7 May[/b] Boeing moves to the Padâ€“ Transfer of the ground support equipment from the control room at 92A-50 to the launch pad took most of the day. The next day Boeing prepared the pad and vault for hardware and RF link checks with the equipment that was transferred the previous day. Meanwhile, KhSC prepared the AU for transport to H111. All this work and we still managed to take in a camel ride. [b]8 May[/b] Soyuz progress launch at 00h38 today. Day time or night time this launch is impressive because the viewing area is way too close! Nothing beats a Proton Launch though, and we are getting close to seeing one real soon! The first rehearsal of launch day operations went nominally from the Bunker at the Launch pad to the control room at 92A-50. After the rehearsal, some team members took off for the Gagarin Museum.
08 May 2009