Sequential activity

With the QuadPacks flight-ready, the ISL-team today safely and securely packed them such that they can be transferred from their current location, namely the cleanroom in SP1-B (the satellite processing building) to the next location, namely cleanroom in SP2-B (the integrating-payload-with-LV building); this transfer will occur next week. Also today …

Making the stuff right euh flight ready

After a good night sleep, the ISL-team along with the PicSat team-members present at the launch-base, performed the final activity on their satellite, namely integration of it into its QuadPack canister. Due to a significant amount of preparatory efforts, this activity could be efficiently and successfully executed. This was followed …

Launch base presence

Following the confirmed arrival of its shipment at the launch base last week, the ISL team left the fairly mild Netherlands to arrive today in fairly mild Chennai and subsequently Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota. After some formalities and lunch, the team went to one of the cleanrooms …

Shipment from Delft

Following Customs clearance yesterday, today (Tuesday) the satellites on the ISILaunch21 mission got a little closer to their (final) destination. Along with related ISL-hardware, they were packed in their protective shipping cases in our cleanroom here in Delft (elevation: -1 meter). The cases were subsequently picked up by our specialized …

STEP Cube Lab

Following completion of bringing STEP Cube Lab. (as much as needed) to a ‘Flight ready’-status on Friday, this 1U CubeSat on Monday was accommodated in its transport-enclosure (a.k.a. TestPOD) by ISL personnel under the remote supervision of the STEP Cube Lab. team. In this enclosure, this Korean CubeSat will be …

PicSat, unravelling the Beta-Pictoris Star System

PicSat is well on the way to being launched during the ISILaunch21 campaign. The 3U cubesat, carrying a 5cm telescope and sensitive photodiode as payload, has been fully integrated and tested, and has now been delivered for shipping to India. The PicSat project started in 2014, when it was predicted …

KAUSAT-5 integration

Another step forward was made on Friday, when KAUSAT-5, a 3U CubeSat from the Korea Aerospace University, was integrated into its QuadPack. By exception, this integration was performed by ISL personnel; no KAUSAT-5 team member could be physically present in Delft, but the activity was remotely supervised by the KAUSAT-5 …

CNUSAIL integration

CNUSAIL-1, the 3U CubeSat of the Korean Chungnam National University, was successfully integrated into its QuadPack-canister on Tuesday. Contrary to normal procedure, this activity was performed by ISL employees because no CNUSAIL-1’s team representative could be present. The success of this activity can be mainly attributed to the team’s remote …

ISILaunch11 timeline

The Fregat will first go to the orbit in which the main payload will be deployed at 11:16 CEST. After that it will perform two burns to go to an intermediate orbit. In this intermediate orbit all other secondary payloads will be deployed, except for the Flock-2k payloads which will …