Launch certificate

Following weeks of intensifying communication and regular (blog-) updates, culminating during the successful launch of last Thursday, a week of decreasing intensity followed. Anticipating this declining trend to continue, no regular and/or important posts are expected anymore, only non-essential (e.g. just-for-fun) ones. So, to informally close off this ISILaunch03-blog, a …

Status update: First-MOVE

[UPDATE] Over the weekend beacon signals have been received at First-MOVE’s ground station and (communication) performance is improving. First-MOVE seems to be alive and healthy too, as radio amateurs around the world have received strong signals (unfortunately not at First-MOVE’s ground station (yet)).

Status update: VELOX-PII

Early this morning information about VELOX-PII was received, namely that they had already had four successful ground passes. On the first pass they received the beacon and on the subsequent passes they established contact and received telemetry (indicating good health).

Video

Now that all CubeSat related teams that have been to Yasny have also departed and there are no activities anymore directly related to them, a somewhat different post. The First-MOVE team has made a nice video about their trip to and activities at Yasny Launch Base, to which each team …

Sticker

With the CubeSats safely accommodated in their ISIPODs, safely accommodated in the SHM, safely accommodated in CleanRoom B, ISL’s presence at Yasny Launch Base temporarily was not necessary anymore. However, there still were and are activities related to the upcoming launch. We are regularly updated on progress and due to …

Platform A and Матрёшка-day

Today was somewhat of a copy of yesterday. In the morning the main payload was brought into the Integration-cleanroom. After some final checks it was mounted on a stand, where it was provided with the pyrobolts, necessary for its separation system. Later in the afternoon the primary payload was mounted …

Platform A/B day

While a large part of the world enjoyed weekend the last few days, we enjoyed working which allowed the filled-with-satellites-dispenser (‘ring’ with ‘bridge’) to be mounted on Platform B. Just like mating the ‘ring’ to the ‘bridge’, this is a delicate operation as Platform B itself also contains many objects. …