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 …

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 …

All set in Yasny as well

We’ve set up our station at the mission control center here in Yasny. We’re proud to once more represent so many different nationalities and customers on this launch; they already need two flag-stands to fit all those nationalities 😀

Comms are go

For our final preparations, we just performed the communications checks with the ISILaunch mission coordination team in Delft, and, after the usual hickups, we are good to go from Yasny. While some of the co-passengers are just about to perform the final charging on their (larger) satellite, we will rather …

Formal GO – no weather worries

Following an official meeting between the representatives of ISC Kosmotras, Yasny Launch Base and the formal Russian State Launch Commitee, we were informed in a general launch readiness review that the formal and final go ahead for launch has been given by the Commitee, meaning that nothing should be in …

ISIS/ISL and (a few) customers back in Yasny

ISL returned to Yasny, for the actual launch later tonight (or technically very early ‘tomorrow morning’ for us here locally; 19:11:11 UTC). This time, representatives of a number of the customers joint the ISL team, from Brazil, Denmark, Israel and Ukraine. We had a tour of the facilities this morning, …

Status update: Delfi-n3Xt heard

Delfi-n3Xt had already been heard on the earlier pass over Europe, but that wasn’t a high enough pass to have strong enough signals for decoding. In a later pass, that was the case, telemetry was received and decoded, and all systems are fine with all things deployed. Congratulations to TU …