Delft checkout: First-MOVE, UWE-3 and Velox-PII

Following the successful integration of three 1U CubeSats (HiNCube, FUNcube-1 and ZACUBE-1) into 3U ISIPOD FM-21, another 3U ISIPOD was to be filled with three 1U CubeSats. Proceeding this integration, checkout activities on First-MOVE (Germany), UWE-3 (Germany) and Velox-PII (Singapore) were performed. As all three satellites already had a high level of flight-readiness, only minor …

Delft checkout: HiNCube, FUNcube-1 and ZACUBE-1

Following the checkout on the two 3U KHUSATs, it was time for the teams of HiNCube (Norway), FUNcube-1 (AMSAT-UK) and ZACUBE-1 (South Africa) to perform their activities. The checkout of HiNCube (which had been stored at ISL’s cleanroom facility for considerable time and was battery-charged on regular intervals) took quite some effort, but yielded …

Welcome to the ISILaunch03 launch blog

This launch blog will cover the final phases of the launch arrangements of quite a number of CubeSats on a Dnepr launch vehicle. The initial planning and arrangements for this launch already started from early 2011. Due to a launch delay however, for programmatic reasons related to the Dnepr launch …