QuadPacks ready to go

After the completion of the check-out activities of POPSAT-HIP1, the final flight preparations of the QuadPack systems were started. In one day, the complete set of deployers were processed.           Starting from tomorrow, the QuadPacks will be mated with their adapter plates which allows them to …

The Yasny (pre) world cup

Now that all satellite developer teams have arrived, the launch base has become very busy. However, in a free evening, this also allows some international sports activities. Put forward as an initiative from the launch base organisation, the local Yasny football team challenged the international teams in a small championship. …

POPSAT-HIP1 ready for launch

Yesterday, the Singaporean 3U POPSAT-HIP1 was charged on Earth for the final time. After the fueling operations, the satellite was monitored for a few days to ensure the satellite was in good health. Already placed in the QuadPack deployer, the battery of this advanced CubeSat was filled to the brim …

BugSat-1 arrived safely

Last Monday, the final piece of the ISL puzzle arrived. Following a different route than the other payloads, the Argentinian nano satellite arrived via ground transport from Moscow. Only the evening before that the Argentinian team arrived, allowing them to inspect the satellite straight after arrival.         …

POPSAT-HIP1 being prepared

After the successful arrival of the shipment, the ISL activities at the base have been kicked off with the preparations of POPSAT-HIP1. This CubeSat is a 3 unit satellite which will demonstrate some especially advanced technologies. The satellite is made by Microspace Rapid pte. ltd. based in Singapore. Part of …

Shipment to Russia (part 3)

Early in the morning of Tuesday 20 May, during a very specific time-slot, the ISL-shipment, consisting of the transport cases with CubeSats-in-their-QuadPack and related GSE, was granted access to air-side of the Czech airport. Together with the shipment of another satellite (and its GSE), everything was loaded on the charter …

Shipment to Russia (part 2)

The shipment of the hardware from the satellite developer’s home country to Delft in the Netherlands being considered part 1 of the whole shipment-adventure with final destination Yasny Launch Base in Russia, part 2 got underway this weekend with shipment of all CubeSat related hardware from Delft to the Czech …

Packing the QuadPacks

With all CubeSats properly accommodated in their respective QuadPack by the end of Monday 12 May, the next day Tuesday 13 May was used to properly close-out the activities on a QuadPack. Wednesday 14 May was dedicated to finalize the preparations needed for the shipment to Russia. These preparations not …

American invasion? :)

Monday 12 May was going to be a purely American day; in the morning the first American team arrived at ISL, while another American team would arrive in the afternoon. As this first team ‘involves’ 11 CubeSats of 3U size, they almost instantly started with their checkout activities and obviously …