The Telstar 14R launch campaign continues here in Baikonur. And the words we like to hear are “on schedule” and “nominal." Hall 103A has been very busy as the Loral team has been completing their pre-launch check list of operations. Spacecraft electrical health checks were completed and preparations were made for the hazardous operation of fueling the SC. So to perform this task, Loral brought in: “The Prop Team." This is a very seasoned group of specialists, as they have been on many SSL campaigns here in Baikonur over the last year or so. We are in good hands. As for the launch vehicle, operations continue on schedule as well. The Breeze M is in Area 31 for high pressure fuel loading, and the payload fairing and adapter systems are just waiting for joint operations. The launch vehicle itself is in the cradle going thru its final electrical checkouts in Hall 111. And just to give you a bit of perspective on the size of Hall 111, there are three full launch vehicles being processed at this time. Incredible. Next up: Joint operations!
And just so you don’t think we are all work and no play, we all boarded the bus and drove out to Area 31 for the most recent Progress Launch, a cargo trip to the ISS aboard a Soyuz launch vehicle. And as always, an incredible sight. We also had our Hawaiian BBQ, complete with pineapples, and our burgers and dogs night very recently. And as is a tradition here, we will celebrate the post SC fueling operations. This time, on 5 May, Cinco de mayo. Can you say Mexican BBQ?