September 27, 2011.
The Ascent Unit/Zenit-2SB LV Mechanical Docking
At the Baikonur cosmodrome the prelaunch processing of Zenit-2SB launch vehicle (LV) with Upper Stage DM-SLB and Intelsat-18 telecommunication spacecraft is continued.
Today at the Assembly & Test Facility of the cosmodrome site 42 the specialists of the rocket-space industry provided general assembly of the Integrated Launch Vehicle: mechanical docking of the Ascent Unit consisting of Upper Stage DM-SLB and Intelsat-18 spacecraft under the payload fairing with Zenit-2SB LV. Upon completion of mechanical operations the specialists began to provide mating of electrical connections between the Launch Vehicle and the Ascent Unit.
These operations are conducted as per the schedule.
The launch of Zenit-3SLB Integrated Launch Vehicle with Upper Stage DM-SLB and Intelsat-18 telecommunication spacecraft is planned for October 2011.