Video

Now that all CubeSat related teams that have been to Yasny have also departed and there are no activities anymore directly related to them, a somewhat different post. The First-MOVE team has made a nice video about their trip to and activities at Yasny Launch Base, to which each team …

Sticker

With the CubeSats safely accommodated in their ISIPODs, safely accommodated in the SHM, safely accommodated in CleanRoom B, ISL’s presence at Yasny Launch Base temporarily was not necessary anymore. However, there still were and are activities related to the upcoming launch. We are regularly updated on progress and due to …

Platform A and Матрёшка-day

Today was somewhat of a copy of yesterday. In the morning the main payload was brought into the Integration-cleanroom. After some final checks it was mounted on a stand, where it was provided with the pyrobolts, necessary for its separation system. Later in the afternoon the primary payload was mounted …

Platform A/B day

While a large part of the world enjoyed weekend the last few days, we enjoyed working which allowed the filled-with-satellites-dispenser (‘ring’ with ‘bridge’) to be mounted on Platform B. Just like mating the ‘ring’ to the ‘bridge’, this is a delicate operation as Platform B itself also contains many objects. …

Checkout day

Today started early as we were the first to perform our tasks: mounting the remaining three ISIPODs, containing UWE-3, First-MOVE, VELOX-PII, OPTOS and Dove-3, on the ‘bridge’. As these ISIPODs were already mounted on their adapter-plates, activities were limited to mounting these plates-with-ISIPODs to the structure and connecting the command- …

Wind of change

For over 3 weeks the wind has been blowing from the same direction (is that one of those weather-things only Dutch notice / talk about 🙂 ? ). This became even more apparent after the flags were raised. Yesterday, however, the wind-direction changed 180 degrees and actually blew towards the …

In between jobs

Today we were literally in between jobs: yesterday we mounted the first batch of ISIPODs on the SHM-structure, more particular the ones on the so-called ‘ring’, while tomorrow we will mount the second batch on the so-called ‘bridge’. (Due to a misunderstanding of the schedule we thought this ‘bridge’-mounting was …

Six out of nine

Today, the first day of SHM integration was completed successfully. Six out of the nine ISIPODs were placed on the lower ring structure of the Dnepr’s upper stage. HINcube, ZACUBE, FUNcube, NEE-02 KRYSAOR, CubeBug, KHUSAT-1, KHUSAT-2, TRITON-1 and Delfi-n3Xt are now securely tied to the vessel which will bring them …