QB50 satellites ready for launch

On the 12th of April, the historic date of Yuri Gagarin’s flight and the first Space Shuttle flight, the final QB50 satellite (GB06) was integrated into its QuadPack and with that came a finish to the ‘Delft’-activities directly involving the QB50 teams themselves. Congrats to all teams!

ISILaunch17 satellites status

With the 104 ‘PSLV-C37’ satellites having completed a handful of orbits around the Earth, a first coarse overview on the status of the 101 non-Indian satellites: Dove (Flock 3p): many are “reporting for duty”. LEMUR: see https://spire.com/ PEASSS: contact has been established and packets were received. DIDO-2: contact has been …

Full Launch Success!

With great pride and excitement, we can confirm that the launch and all deployments were successful! Seeing a launch is always a great and thrilling moment in itself, and the sight today was great from the viewing point at the Mission Control Centre: Yet having to wait for almost 10 minutes to …

Launch Day! Just 2 hours to go…

Today is the day 🙂 Launch Day! We’re at the launch site again with a small team and representatives of some of the customers. And we’re getting ready to go to the Mission Control Centre. From there, we’ll have a good live view of the launch and all the events …

The QuadPack line-up

For the final flight preparation of all the doors holding CubeSats inside the QuadPacks on this ISILaunch17 / PSLV C37 launch, we had the opportunity to put all Quadpacks in a single row, to make working on them with multiple people easier. As a result, we noticed that we created …

Processing of a special QuadPack

During the final preparations for launch at the launch site in India, one of the QuadPacks processed was the one with the winning slogan of young Dutch boy Bas Smeltekop from a drawing competition held during the ESTEC Open Days in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The first prize was to fly …

Friday “Special lunch” in India

Keeping up with an ‘ISIS-Delft’ tradition, the flight integration team enjoyed “Special lunch” this Friday. Due to their location, it is however not a typically Dutch ‘kroket’ or ‘snert’, but of course an Indian meal. Though, actually, every day of the week the local cook prepares a nice breakfast in …

Integration team at SHAR

With the knowledge that all hardware had arrived at the Launch Site Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, it was time for the integration team to accomplish the same. Hence, on Monday the first group departed to arrive at Chennai on Tuesday morning to subsequently be at SHAR in the afternoon. …

Shipment to the launch site

With the fit checks successfully completed, and integration of all the satellites into QuadPacks done, we had reached the point of packing and shipping all the satellites to the Launch Site. So we gathered all the QuadPacks and associated interface hardware and started packing. With all clearances arranged, the shipment …