So far, all of the SC standalone operations and testing for the EchoStar XIV campaign have been nominal. This week’s SC fueling operation was no exceptionâ€¦ uneventful! In the past couple of days the SS/L propellant team has been the center of activities here in Baikonur. The EchoStar XIV SC required two separate and unique fueling days, one for the oxidizer load and a second day for the hydrazine fuel. Because the propellant loading is a hazardous operation, the building was cleared and all non-essential personnel spent the time enjoying some of the local culture, shopping the market in town, going to the Gagarin Museum and/or just taking in the sights around our hotel. After seeing one of the Cosmodromeâ€™s first computers at the Gagarin Museum, the SS/L team is really thankful for today’s improved technology. How things have changedâ€¦ check out the [url=http://www.ilslaunch.com/echostar-xiv-gallery]photos[/url]! Everyone is looking forward to Joint Operations which will start 7 March 2010.
08 Mar 2010