ISILaunch09 blog initiated

With this first blog, providing the official ISILaunch09 logo, we hereby initiate the ISILaunch09 blog. A considerable number of important activities have been completed this week and we will retrospectively provide blogs about those. For upcoming activities we will write a blog, showing the progression of your satellites leading all …

Eight weeks notice

Directly after everybody arrived back home (to their ground-station), many could see and hear with their own eyes that contact was made with the satellite(s), that they just saw launched. During the past two months many operators have communicated with and operated their satellites, with varying results. In the meantime, …

Near-real time launch sequence update

Live from (the conference room at) Yasny launch base: So, on this positive note, signing off here from the launch base! It was confirmed that all doors have opened meaning that all our systems properly functioned! That is, QuadPacks, harnessing and (all subsystems of the) iMDC! First satellites seems to …

Shipment to Russia (part 3)

Early in the morning of Tuesday 20 May, during a very specific time-slot, the ISL-shipment, consisting of the transport cases with CubeSats-in-their-QuadPack and related GSE, was granted access to air-side of the Czech airport. Together with the shipment of another satellite (and its GSE), everything was loaded on the charter …

Shipment to Russia (part 2)

The shipment of the hardware from the satellite developer’s home country to Delft in the Netherlands being considered part 1 of the whole shipment-adventure with final destination Yasny Launch Base in Russia, part 2 got underway this weekend with shipment of all CubeSat related hardware from Delft to the Czech …

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 …