Eight weeks notice

Directly after everybody arrived back home (to their ground-station), many could see and hear with their own eyes that contact was made with the satellite(s), that they just saw launched. During the past two months many operators have communicated with and operated their satellites, with varying results. In the meantime, …

Near-real time launch sequence update

Live from (the conference room at) Yasny launch base: So, on this positive note, signing off here from the launch base! It was confirmed that all doors have opened meaning that all our systems properly functioned! That is, QuadPacks, harnessing and (all subsystems of the) iMDC! First satellites seems to …

All set in Yasny as well

We’ve set up our station at the mission control center here in Yasny. We’re proud to once more represent so many different nationalities and customers on this launch; they already need two flag-stands to fit all those nationalities 😀

Comms are go

For our final preparations, we just performed the communications checks with the ISILaunch mission coordination team in Delft, and, after the usual hickups, we are good to go from Yasny. While some of the co-passengers are just about to perform the final charging on their (larger) satellite, we will rather …

Formal GO – no weather worries

Following an official meeting between the representatives of ISC Kosmotras, Yasny Launch Base and the formal Russian State Launch Commitee, we were informed in a general launch readiness review that the formal and final go ahead for launch has been given by the Commitee, meaning that nothing should be in …

ISIS/ISL and (a few) customers back in Yasny

ISL returned to Yasny, for the actual launch later tonight (or technically very early ‘tomorrow morning’ for us here locally; 19:11:11 UTC). This time, representatives of a number of the customers joint the ISL team, from Brazil, Denmark, Israel and Ukraine. We had a tour of the facilities this morning, …

SHM completed and rolled out

As of today, the Dnepr’s SHM has been fully assembled. The process of closing the SHM started yesterday with the mounting of the fairing onto platform A. This platform houses Deimos-2, Tabletsat-Aurora and the ISL manifest, consisting of BugSat-1 and 21 CubeSats in five QuadPacks.           …

Very fast integration

Thanks to our customers from Argentina, who attached their camera to one of the integration jigs, we have some nice footage of the process of integration of the joint QuadPack and BugSat-1 adapter plate. Please watch the video here: Integration

Into the final day

Yesterday, all QuadPack deployers were placed on platform A, and all harnessing was routed by specialists from Yuzhnoye state design office. The multitude of QuadPack command and telemetry wires were hooked up to the iMDC; the central timing and sequencing device.                 At …

Bugsat-1 and QuadPack 1 successfully integrated

Today and yesterday were packed with activities for the ISL manifest hardware. Yesterday, the complex harnessing from all the QuadPacks to the central deployment timing device were fixed to the QuadPacks and the adapter plates that hold the QuadPacks to the launch vehicle in pairs. Continuing this activity today resulted …