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 …

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).