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. …

Checkout day

Today started early as we were the first to perform our tasks: mounting the remaining three ISIPODs, containing UWE-3, First-MOVE, VELOX-PII, OPTOS and Dove-3, on the ‘bridge’. As these ISIPODs were already mounted on their adapter-plates, activities were limited to mounting these plates-with-ISIPODs to the structure and connecting the command- …

Wind of change

For over 3 weeks the wind has been blowing from the same direction (is that one of those weather-things only Dutch notice / talk about 🙂 ? ). This became even more apparent after the flags were raised. Yesterday, however, the wind-direction changed 180 degrees and actually blew towards the …

In between jobs

Today we were literally in between jobs: yesterday we mounted the first batch of ISIPODs on the SHM-structure, more particular the ones on the so-called ‘ring’, while tomorrow we will mount the second batch on the so-called ‘bridge’. (Due to a misunderstanding of the schedule we thought this ‘bridge’-mounting was …

Museum Yasny Launch Base

On the premises of the Launch Base, in the Administration and Office Building, one room is a museum dedicated to the DNEPR launch activities at Yasny. On request, a tour is given by the launch base director, who tells a detailed story about how the DNEPR launch vehicle came about, …

Unity Day

Today is a national holiday in Russia, namely Unity Day. It is a somewhat controversial holiday, due to its origin, but it is a celebration of the diversity of people that make up the Russian People. In Yasny it is celebrated with a.o. a musical festival, where this diversity is …