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 …

Last arrivALL

Shortly after the football game, but prior to (the always nice) dinner, the last team arrived at Yasny Launch Base to perform final checkout activities. With them, they brought the OPTOS CubeSat (in its ISIPOD) and of course related GSE. That means that all hardware items that are to be …

Sunday exercise

Although throughout the weekend work is being performed and activities take place, this Sunday most teams took the (late-) afternoon off and some of those team-members joined for a game of football. Two teams, consisting of a mix of Korean, Polish, Japanese, Dubai and Dutch nationality played a (sometimes 🙂 …

Launch date

The launch date for the DNEPR-2012 cluster mission (i.e. ISILaunch03), namely 21 November 2013, has been officially approved. The back-up day is the next day (22 November 2013), while on both days the launch time is 07:10:11 UTC.

Ul’yanovsk

Last Friday I [Michiel] returned from  Ul’yanovsk (Ульяновск), Russia, where I supported the customs clearance of your satellites, the ISIPODs and the related GSE. What you might not have known is (the history of the name of) Ul’yanovsk itself. The city Simbirsk (Симбирск) was founded in 1648 (hence 365 years old), the …

Rotterdam loading

The ISILaunch03 shipment was loaded on a chartered Antonov-12 and is ready to go and fly to Ul’yanovsk, where customs clearance into Russia will be done. From there the aircraft will fly on to Orsk and the shipments will be transported by truck to Yasny launch base.

Delft departure

After months of preparation of hardware and documentation, the day had finally come that all hardware for ISILaunch03, gathered at ISL’s facility in Delft, was to be shipped out. In total 16 cases (8 cases containing ISIPODs and the CubeSats and 8 cases containing GSE) left the building for Amsterdam …

Delft checkout: Delfi-n3Xt

The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of the Delft University of Technology, the developer of Delfi-n3Xt, has their own cleanroom, where all activities up to today have taken place. There the FM-satellite was also integrated into ‘its’ ISIPOD FM-27. As this Faculty is located literally right across the road from ISL’s facility, the manager of the Delfi-n3Xt project …