Monday: launch day is getting closer

As previously mentioned, Saturday a pre-launch rehearsal was initiated at 2 am and successfully concluded at 12.30 pm. During this particular procedure all activities during the 10 hours leading up to the launch are rehearsed. This Monday morning at 8 am, the actual count down clock was started and thereby …

Preparing for launch

After we left SDSC-SHAR on Wednesday September 16th, launch preparations have continued. It was confirmed that the CubeSats were also electronically connected to the Launch Vehicle and that the last Remove-Before-Flight brackets on each CubeSat were removed. Subsequently, the heat shield (bearing the ISILaunch01 logo) was closed, making the launch …

CubeSats integrated to PSLV

Integration of the satellites was planned for Tuesday late afternoon and evening, yet due to a slight delay with the integration of the primary satellite, Oceansat-2, we had to wait until this was finished. The ITUpSAT1 team had to leave again on Tuesday night, so it seemed that they would …

Ready for integration

As the launch is now approaching, and the most likely date of 23 September has been published, we added the countdown clock to the header of the weblog. During the final preparations yesterday, some picture were made. An overview: At the end of the afternoon, we have closed and locked …

Final checkout performed

We could start our final checkout activities yesterday, on Sunday, even though it also was a holiday. The satellite preparation facilities were opened for us, and we were pleased to see that all satellites were still in good shape (didn’t expect anything else of course). The BEESat and ITUpSAT-1 team …

Saturday: second time around

After conclusion of the previous part of the campaign in early August, the weeks that followed were filled with preparations for the second part (including particular cravings before this extended stay in India). The second part of the ISILaunch01 really got started again on Friday September 11, with the BEESAT-team …