BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, May 26, 2009 – Following the delivery, on 22 May, of the Proton M booster rocket designated for the SIRIUS FM-5 launch, the aforementioned spacecraft was delivered to the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 26 May. After passing through customs, the spacecraft was transferred to building 92A-50 for testing and integration.

The satellite, built by Space Systems/Loral on the 1300 bus for SIRIUS XM Radio, is scheduled to be the fifth Proton launch of 2009 and the third ILS mission of the year. SIRIUS FM-5 will be inserted into a geostationary orbit and will supplement the existing fleet of SIRIUS satellites.

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