Another ISIPOD ready

          ISIPOD FM-22 houses the Argentinian 2U CubeBug-2 satellite and the Ecuadorian NEE-02 KRYSAOR satellite. The CubeBug-2 team completed their check-out already in Delft, before integration into the ISIPOD. This Friday marked the completion of all operations on NEE-02 KRYSAOR. The Ecuadorian single unit CubeSat is …

Day 4

On a relatively quiet Thursday for ISL, many things are happening in the general launch campaign. Yesterday, the transport flight from Ulyanovsk carrying a couple of the larger payload on board the Dnepr was postponed to today because of the cold and snowy weather. Mainly, the ground transport by truck …

Two down, seven to go

          Three days into the final check-out of the launch campaign, and already two of the nine ISIPODs are closed for the last time. Today, TRITON-1 and FUNcube were given their ABF connector, and the last battery charge for ZACUBE was done yesterday. ISIPODs FM-21 and …

Everything set up!

Today the preparations were made in the clean room of the launch base. All the equipment containers have been placed in the clean room and inspected after the shipment. Tomorrow, the first activities will begin on ZACUBE-1 and FUNcube and TRITON-1! The check-out area for ISL and all of our …

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 …