Packing the QuadPacks

With all CubeSats properly accommodated in their respective QuadPack by the end of Monday 12 May, the next day Tuesday 13 May was used to properly close-out the activities on a QuadPack. Wednesday 14 May was dedicated to finalize the preparations needed for the shipment to Russia. These preparations not …

American invasion? :)

Monday 12 May was going to be a purely American day; in the morning the first American team arrived at ISL, while another American team would arrive in the afternoon. As this first team ‘involves’ 11 CubeSats of 3U size, they almost instantly started with their checkout activities and obviously …

Sounds familiar?

In order to meet various constraints (in their case primarily bureaucratic), the Ukrainian delegation had to continue their activities during the weekend; something that many of us most likely had to do in the past period. With all resources available to themselves, they successfully completed their activities on Sunday 11 …

Presence is a challenge sometimes

Although their satellite was already present at ISL, various (primarily bureaucratic) constraints prevented the Ukrainian delegation to arrive earlier that week and to do any substantial work that Thursday 8 May. However, on Friday 9 May they went full force ahead with performing their activities, after having performed a fit-check …

And that is three

Being hand-carried to ISL, the Danish team arrived on Wednesday 7 May with their 1U CubeSat. After some preparatory talks, the team proceeded with performing a functional check-out, followed by a preliminary fit-check. Both checks yielded positive results, allowing them to explore downtown Delft that night. On Thursday morning 8 …

Large stress on small objects

Prior to shipping to Delft, all participating satellites in this ISILaunch07 mission were subjected to tests, including mechanical (loads) and thermal (-vacuum). In this post, some pictures to illustrate that and to show that some facilities are quite over-sized for in particular CubeSats. (Left) The Brazilian CubeSat inside its 1U …

Two (more)

With the first (co-) passenger integrated into its assigned canister of the first QuadPack, activities proceeded on Tuesday 29 April with check-out and fit-check of one of the CubeSats sharing another canister in this particular QuadPack. These activities were successfully completed for this 2U CubeSat in anticipation of the arrival …

Delft checkout initiated

  Over the last weeks, CubeSat Flight Models (and their GSE) arrived at ISL’s premises in Delft, the Netherlands. With one of them,  the Delft checkout campaign was initiated. After careful extraction from its shipping container, this Singaporean 3U CubeSat was subjected to a check-out. Such a checkout is performed …

ISILaunch07 blog initiated

With this first post, the ISILaunch07 blog is initiated. The ISILaunch07 participants take part in the DNEPR-2013 No.1 cluster mission. In the forthcoming period, we will provide posts describing the activities related to the participants’ satellites, beginning with the check-out activities at ISL’s cleanroom.  

SHM on transporter

While checking some websites, I came across this picture, which I thought is worth posting. The accompanying caption: “The Space Head Module (SHM) is prepared for installation atop the Dnepr launch vehicle for the forthcoming flight of a record-breaking 32 satellites. Photo Credit: ISC Kosmotras” Only a few people were …