Back home, preparing for the launch day

Last Friday, the BEESAT team members and the ISIS team returned safely to their respective home countries. We are currently waiting for the updated final planning for the last part of the launch preparation campaign. The satellites are now completely flight ready, with only one final battery charging to occur …

Thursday: VIP visit and closing out

Today we had an early breakfast for two reasons: the BEESAT team had plenty to do and we were joined by ISRO representatives. Unfortunately also for them, only one of the four CubeSats on this launch was not packed yet as check out activities on BEESAT were still being performed. …

Wednesday: work in progress

Now that the complete “Team Gruyère” had left too, the BEESAT team was the only ISILaunch01 team remaining in the SP1B cleanroom of the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota (SHAR-SDSC). In the morning, UWE-2 was charged once more and subsequently safely stored in its protective case by the ISIS …

Tuesday: from busy to quiet

With the ITUpSAT1 team gone and the SwissCube team wrapping up their activities (charging batteries and packing of GSE) in the morning, only the BEESAT team had a full day of check out work ahead of them. So with yesterday’s arrival of the two RUBIN teams, it was still busy …

Monday: back to work

After an off-day on Sunday, Monday meant a full working day for all teams. The day started with an early breakfast, a somewhat cumbersome gate clearance and some initial check out at the SP1B cleanroom. During the whole day, everybody was in anticipation of the undoubtedly interesting visit to the …

Sunday: a day at the beach

Because  no work could be done on Sunday and most of the team members enjoyed the local food and drinks on Saturday night, we got a late breakfast. Albeit a day off,  a bus with our dedicated driver Franklin had been arranged for Sunday to drive us around. Since the …

First checkout day

Saturday, we had our first checkout day at the spacecraft preparation facilities SP1B. The teams started unpacking and installing the checkout equipment, followed by the satellites of course. First indications for all satellites showed that they had safely survived the transport and were all in good shape. After lunch, the …