KHUSAT twin satellites go for launch

The arrival of the Kyung Hee University team marked the start of the check-out of the two KHUSAT 3U satellites. These two satellites are largely identical and will perform astronomy and science measurements. In a remarkably quick check-out, the latest software was uploaded today. Also, the batteries were filled to …

FM-23 finished

After a very fast check-out shift for the three satellites in ISIPOD FM-23, the deployer has been closed for the last time. Today, the final work to be done consisted of the battery charging of the First-MOVE satellite. The ISL03 check-out activities take place in the so-called cleanroom B, which …

Everything green!

This Sunday three new teams arrived at the launch base. The two German teams from Wurzburg and Munich representing UWE-3 and First-MOVE respectively, and the Velox-PII team from Singapore. Today started with a rather large safety meeting, as the representatives from KARI and Satrec also arrived over the weekend. With …

Another ISIPOD ready

          ISIPOD FM-22 houses the Argentinian 2U CubeBug-2 satellite and the Ecuadorian NEE-02 KRYSAOR satellite. The CubeBug-2 team completed their check-out already in Delft, before integration into the ISIPOD. This Friday marked the completion of all operations on NEE-02 KRYSAOR. The Ecuadorian single unit CubeSat is …

Day 4

On a relatively quiet Thursday for ISL, many things are happening in the general launch campaign. Yesterday, the transport flight from Ulyanovsk carrying a couple of the larger payload on board the Dnepr was postponed to today because of the cold and snowy weather. Mainly, the ground transport by truck …

Two down, seven to go

          Three days into the final check-out of the launch campaign, and already two of the nine ISIPODs are closed for the last time. Today, TRITON-1 and FUNcube were given their ABF connector, and the last battery charge for ZACUBE was done yesterday. ISIPODs FM-21 and …

Everything set up!

Today the preparations were made in the clean room of the launch base. All the equipment containers have been placed in the clean room and inspected after the shipment. Tomorrow, the first activities will begin on ZACUBE-1 and FUNcube and TRITON-1! The check-out area for ISL and all of our …

Ul’yanovsk

Last Friday I [Michiel] returned from  Ul’yanovsk (Ульяновск), Russia, where I supported the customs clearance of your satellites, the ISIPODs and the related GSE. What you might not have known is (the history of the name of) Ul’yanovsk itself. The city Simbirsk (Симбирск) was founded in 1648 (hence 365 years old), the …