POPSAT-HIP1 being prepared

After the successful arrival of the shipment, the ISL activities at the base have been kicked off with the preparations of POPSAT-HIP1. This CubeSat is a 3 unit satellite which will demonstrate some especially advanced technologies. The satellite is made by Microspace Rapid pte. ltd. based in Singapore. Part of …

Shipment to Russia (part 3)

Early in the morning of Tuesday 20 May, during a very specific time-slot, the ISL-shipment, consisting of the transport cases with CubeSats-in-their-QuadPack and related GSE, was granted access to air-side of the Czech airport. Together with the shipment of another satellite (and its GSE), everything was loaded on the charter …

Shipment to Russia (part 2)

The shipment of the hardware from the satellite developer’s home country to Delft in the Netherlands being considered part 1 of the whole shipment-adventure with final destination Yasny Launch Base in Russia, part 2 got underway this weekend with shipment of all CubeSat related hardware from Delft to the Czech …

Packing the QuadPacks

With all CubeSats properly accommodated in their respective QuadPack by the end of Monday 12 May, the next day Tuesday 13 May was used to properly close-out the activities on a QuadPack. Wednesday 14 May was dedicated to finalize the preparations needed for the shipment to Russia. These preparations not …

American invasion? :)

Monday 12 May was going to be a purely American day; in the morning the first American team arrived at ISL, while another American team would arrive in the afternoon. As this first team ‘involves’ 11 CubeSats of 3U size, they almost instantly started with their checkout activities and obviously …

Sounds familiar?

In order to meet various constraints (in their case primarily bureaucratic), the Ukrainian delegation had to continue their activities during the weekend; something that many of us most likely had to do in the past period. With all resources available to themselves, they successfully completed their activities on Sunday 11 …

Presence is a challenge sometimes

Although their satellite was already present at ISL, various (primarily bureaucratic) constraints prevented the Ukrainian delegation to arrive earlier that week and to do any substantial work that Thursday 8 May. However, on Friday 9 May they went full force ahead with performing their activities, after having performed a fit-check …

And that is three

Being hand-carried to ISL, the Danish team arrived on Wednesday 7 May with their 1U CubeSat. After some preparatory talks, the team proceeded with performing a functional check-out, followed by a preliminary fit-check. Both checks yielded positive results, allowing them to explore downtown Delft that night. On Thursday morning 8 …

Large stress on small objects

Prior to shipping to Delft, all participating satellites in this ISILaunch07 mission were subjected to tests, including mechanical (loads) and thermal (-vacuum). In this post, some pictures to illustrate that and to show that some facilities are quite over-sized for in particular CubeSats. (Left) The Brazilian CubeSat inside its 1U …

Two (more)

With the first (co-) passenger integrated into its assigned canister of the first QuadPack, activities proceeded on Tuesday 29 April with check-out and fit-check of one of the CubeSats sharing another canister in this particular QuadPack. These activities were successfully completed for this 2U CubeSat in anticipation of the arrival …