Monday: launch day is getting closer

As previously mentioned, Saturday a pre-launch rehearsal was initiated at 2 am and successfully concluded at 12.30 pm. During this particular procedure all activities during the 10 hours leading up to the launch are rehearsed. This Monday morning at 8 am, the actual count down clock was started and thereby …

Preparing for launch

After we left SDSC-SHAR on Wednesday September 16th, launch preparations have continued. It was confirmed that the CubeSats were also electronically connected to the Launch Vehicle and that the last Remove-Before-Flight brackets on each CubeSat were removed. Subsequently, the heat shield (bearing the ISILaunch01 logo) was closed, making the launch …

CubeSats integrated to PSLV

Integration of the satellites was planned for Tuesday late afternoon and evening, yet due to a slight delay with the integration of the primary satellite, Oceansat-2, we had to wait until this was finished. The ITUpSAT1 team had to leave again on Tuesday night, so it seemed that they would …

Ready for integration

As the launch is now approaching, and the most likely date of 23 September has been published, we added the countdown clock to the header of the weblog. During the final preparations yesterday, some picture were made. An overview: At the end of the afternoon, we have closed and locked …

Final checkout performed

We could start our final checkout activities yesterday, on Sunday, even though it also was a holiday. The satellite preparation facilities were opened for us, and we were pleased to see that all satellites were still in good shape (didn’t expect anything else of course). The BEESat and ITUpSAT-1 team …

Saturday: second time around

After conclusion of the previous part of the campaign in early August, the weeks that followed were filled with preparations for the second part (including particular cravings before this extended stay in India). The second part of the ISILaunch01 really got started again on Friday September 11, with the BEESAT-team …

Back home, preparing for the launch day

Last Friday, the BEESAT team members and the ISIS team returned safely to their respective home countries. We are currently waiting for the updated final planning for the last part of the launch preparation campaign. The satellites are now completely flight ready, with only one final battery charging to occur …

Thursday: VIP visit and closing out

Today we had an early breakfast for two reasons: the BEESAT team had plenty to do and we were joined by ISRO representatives. Unfortunately also for them, only one of the four CubeSats on this launch was not packed yet as check out activities on BEESAT were still being performed. …

Wednesday: work in progress

Now that the complete “Team Gruy√®re” had left too, the BEESAT team was the only ISILaunch01 team remaining in the SP1B cleanroom of the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota (SHAR-SDSC). In the morning, UWE-2 was charged once more and subsequently safely stored in its protective case by the ISIS …