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Early this morning the ISL-team awoke to perform their final activity for this launch campaign: placing the ABFs on our sequencer. As described yesterday, this has to take place as late as possible and hence occurred in a cleanroom (SP3-B) created in the Mobile Service Tower (MST), which surrounds the …

Early rise

With the completion of the activities early this morning, only one task remained for the ISL-team here at the launch-base: applying of the iMDC sequencer two Add-Before-Flight (ABF) items. These ABFs are to avoid any risk of accidentally activating the sequencer, thereby potentially endangering our customers satellites as well as …

Different start of the weekend

Throughout Friday many activities were going on, both on the launch vehicle side and the satellites side, and in the (late) evening the ISL team was invited back to the Satellite Processing facility SP2-B. After all the preparatory activities and checks, it was now time that our customers’ satellites and …

Fresh start after New Year’s celebration

After returning to SHAR launch site today following an unexpected, but much appreciated New Year’s celebration with family back home for the ISL team, we resumed working on the remaining activities. During our short absence, all flight hardware was safely transferred to SP2B for our next activities. It is clear …

Sequential activity

With the QuadPacks flight-ready, the ISL-team today safely and securely packed them such that they can be transferred from their current location, namely the cleanroom in SP1-B (the satellite processing building) to the next location, namely cleanroom in SP2-B (the integrating-payload-with-LV building); this transfer will occur next week. Also today …

Making the stuff right euh flight ready

After a good night sleep, the ISL-team along with the PicSat team-members present at the launch-base, performed the final activity on their satellite, namely integration of it into its QuadPack canister. Due to a significant amount of preparatory efforts, this activity could be efficiently and successfully executed. This was followed …

Launch base presence

Following the confirmed arrival of its shipment at the launch base last week, the ISL team left the fairly mild Netherlands to arrive today in fairly mild Chennai and subsequently Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota. After some formalities and lunch, the team went to one of the cleanrooms …

Shipment from Delft

Following Customs clearance yesterday, today (Tuesday) the satellites on the ISILaunch21 mission got a little closer to their (final) destination. Along with related ISL-hardware, they were packed in their protective shipping cases in our cleanroom here in Delft (elevation: -1 meter). The cases were subsequently picked up by our specialized …

STEP Cube Lab

Following completion of bringing STEP Cube Lab. (as much as needed) to a ‘Flight ready’-status on Friday, this 1U CubeSat on Monday was accommodated in its transport-enclosure (a.k.a. TestPOD) by ISL personnel under the remote supervision of the STEP Cube Lab. team. In this enclosure, this Korean CubeSat will be …

PicSat, unravelling the Beta-Pictoris Star System

PicSat is well on the way to being launched during the ISILaunch21 campaign. The 3U cubesat, carrying a 5cm telescope and sensitive photodiode as payload, has been fully integrated and tested, and has now been delivered for shipping to India. The PicSat project started in 2014, when it was predicted …