Sunday, March 24th

Today it was a matter of being on time at SHAR again, meaning an early rise for the long drive back to SHAR. But before start of business a breakfast was prepared for us to avoid working on an empty stomach. Very kind and thoughtful of the ISRO team – …

Friday and Saturday, March 22nd and 23rd

Following integration, the next activities are planned on the VAB-SLP (the second launch pad). Those activities consist of removing the Remove Before Flight (“RBF”) pins of all QuadPacks (20 in total), the RBF of the ISIPOD for Aistech, and the RBF of the DuoPack by and for Spaceflight. For everyone …

Thursday, March 21st

Today the electrical connections were established. In other words, both the harnesses coming from the deployers – the QuadPacks, DuoPack and in this particular occasion also the Tyvak deployer – and the harness coming from the LV were connected to the iMDC sequencer. As always, all of this was executed …

Wednesday, March 20th

This was the day of the main activities for all the teams. In the morning there was still the “Calm before the storm”, but after lunch all activities started. To kill the time in the morning we found a nice piece of MGSE which could be used as seesaw (unfortunately …

Tuesday, March 19th

Today the installation of the relevant harness (connecting the various deployers to the iMDC) to the MSA deck was performed, necessary for the CoG measurement of the deck. In the meantime, we assisted the Aistech team where necessary with the activities of final checkout and integration of their satellite in …

Monday, March 18th

With schedule changes every once and a while ISL and the other teams were gradually progressing with the preparatory activities. Given ISL’s long history of working together with the PSLV team, we were happy to be the main Point of Contact for communication with the Indians about changes in plans …

Sunday, March 17th

The last verification between ISIS’ sequencer (so-called iMDC) and the Tyvak deployer are scheduled for today in the afternoon. We made all preparation before lunch to be able to start directly after lunch with the combined operations with Tyvak. The verification was executed as planned and all went well which …

Saturday, March 16th

The ISL team arrived at Chennai Airport early morning where the driver to bring them to SHAR launch base was already waiting. After a small detour to pick up another team, the 3 hrs drive to the Launch site began. This appeared to be a typical example on the good …

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Early this morning the ISL-team awoke to perform their final activity for this launch campaign: placing the ABFs on our sequencer. As described yesterday, this has to take place as late as possible and hence occurred in a cleanroom (SP3-B) created in the Mobile Service Tower (MST), which surrounds the …