Another milestone has been reached in the campaign to prepare MSG-3 for launch: the satellite has been joined to the launch adapter.
The MSG-3 satellite was taken off the fuel stand and mated to the launch adapter on Friday 22 June. Since the satellite is now fully fuelled, this a rather hazardous operation.
The first step was to unclamped the satellite from the stand that supported it during fuelling. Attached to a crane, the satellite was then lifted slightly and slowly moved across the room to line up with the launch adapter.
The satellite was then lowered very carefully onto the adapter and then securely clamped.