Photos: AsiaSat 9 Communications Satellite completes Pre-Launch Processing

The AsiaSat 9 communications satellite arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome via cargo jet on August 27 after a trans-continental flight from its Space Systems Loral manufacturing base in California. Once unpacked from its transport container, AsiaSat 9 underwent a series of stand-alone checks before being fueled for flight and integrated on the Briz-M upper stage in preparation for encapsulation in the protective payload fairing and shipment to the launcher integration facility.

All Photos: International Launch Services / Khrunichev / Asia Sat