Made it to Yasny

After a long trip from Moscow, with an unplanned detour to Orsk city, we made it to Yasny, where all the representatives of all the participants of this launch have now gathered. For what’s left of tonight, we will prepare for tomorrow, perform a communications check with Delft and will …

Welcome to the ISILaunch03 launch blog

This launch blog will cover the final phases of the launch arrangements of quite a number of CubeSats on a Dnepr launch vehicle. The initial planning and arrangements for this launch already started from early 2011. Due to a launch delay however, for programmatic reasons related to the Dnepr launch …

Acknowledgments

PSLV-C14 was launched on time and as planned, followed by successful deployment of the CubeSats UWE-2, BEESAT, ITUpSAT1 and SwissCube. ISIS would like to thank the following parties for making their much appreciated contribution to the success of this ISILaunch01 campaign (in no particular order): ANTRIX /ISRO UWE-2 team BEESAT …

All still go for launch

Today is the big day. Everything is ready for launch, even the weather is quite cooperative with a nice sunny morning here at Sriharikota, with a temperature just above 30 degrees C. With just over 2 hours to go, we will go to the Mission Control Center and the live …

Official launch time 06:21UTC

There are less than 14 hours to go on the countdown clock, and all is still ‘go’ for launch. Note that the launch time is now officially set at: 11:51hr IST, or 06:21 UTC. The launch window is 15 minutes. Today we finalized the preparations for communications with ISIS in …

Monday: launch day is getting closer

As previously mentioned, Saturday a pre-launch rehearsal was initiated at 2 am and successfully concluded at 12.30 pm. During this particular procedure all activities during the 10 hours leading up to the launch are rehearsed. This Monday morning at 8 am, the actual count down clock was started and thereby …

Preparing for launch

After we left SDSC-SHAR on Wednesday September 16th, launch preparations have continued. It was confirmed that the CubeSats were also electronically connected to the Launch Vehicle and that the last Remove-Before-Flight brackets on each CubeSat were removed. Subsequently, the heat shield (bearing the ISILaunch01 logo) was closed, making the launch …

CubeSats integrated to PSLV

Integration of the satellites was planned for Tuesday late afternoon and evening, yet due to a slight delay with the integration of the primary satellite, Oceansat-2, we had to wait until this was finished. The ITUpSAT1 team had to leave again on Tuesday night, so it seemed that they would …

Ready for integration

As the launch is now approaching, and the most likely date of 23 September has been published, we added the countdown clock to the header of the weblog. During the final preparations yesterday, some picture were made. An overview: At the end of the afternoon, we have closed and locked …