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ISILaunch25 campaign

Monday, March 25th
Monday, March 25th
Before leaving SHAR there was still one thing left on the to do list; the picture speaks for itself. "Professional stunt driver on a closed...
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Sunday, March 24th
Sunday, March 24th
Today it was a matter of being on time at SHAR again, meaning an early rise for the long drive back to SHAR. But before...
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Friday and Saturday, March 22nd and 23rd
Friday and Saturday, March 22nd and 23rd
Following integration, the next activities are planned on the VAB-SLP (the second launch pad). Those activities consist of removing the Remove Before Flight (“RBF”) pins...
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Thursday, March 21st
Thursday, March 21st
Today the electrical connections were established. In other words, both the harnesses coming from the deployers - the QuadPacks, DuoPack and in this particular occasion...
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Wednesday, March 20th
Wednesday, March 20th
This was the day of the main activities for all the teams. In the morning there was still the “Calm before the storm”, but after...
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Tuesday, March 19th
Tuesday, March 19th
Today the installation of the relevant harness (connecting the various deployers to the iMDC) to the MSA deck was performed, necessary for the CoG measurement...
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Monday, March 18th
Monday, March 18th
With schedule changes every once and a while ISL and the other teams were gradually progressing with the preparatory activities. Given ISL’s long history of...
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Sunday, March 17th
Sunday, March 17th
The last verification between ISIS’ sequencer (so-called iMDC) and the Tyvak deployer are scheduled for today in the afternoon. We made all preparation before lunch...
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Saturday, March 16th
Saturday, March 16th
The ISL team arrived at Chennai Airport early morning where the driver to bring them to SHAR launch base was already waiting. After a small...
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ISILaunch11 campaign - Latest posts

ISILaunch11 timeline
ISILaunch11 timeline
The Fregat will first go to the orbit in which the main payload will be deployed at 11:16 CEST. After that it will perform two...
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ISILaunch11 – Getting ready for launch!
ISILaunch11 – Getting ready for launch!
With just an hour to go - all is set for the launch of the Soyuz-2.1a with Kanopus-V-IK as its primary payload and a whole bunch...
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ISILaunch11 patch and payloads
ISILaunch11 patch and payloads
For the ISILaunch11 mission, ISL and ISIS are proud to provide the full hardware & integration service for our customers Planet and Astro Digital. On...
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Launch integration activities
Launch integration activities
Launch integration activities ongoing in #Baikonur for ISILaunch11 on Soyuz. Thrilled to manage the majority of payloads with ISL again!
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Welcome to India!

The ISL team just arrived to India! Last week the thermometer hit as high as 47 Celsius; today it is ‘only’ 38 Celsius, intermittently overcast and occasionally some thick drops of rain.

Launch base

If they do not allow you to bring a camera on the launch base, you’ll have two options: with one either fly over it or orbit over it; I guess we now have done both . 🙂 >

Final checks done

We were asked to come to the launchpad to perform the last preparations at 11 o’clock Saturday morning. These preparations consisted of an electrical check on the command connector of the launcher side to be sure that everything is as expected and that it is safe to connect this command …

Ready for launch ritual

Today (Friday), the PSLV upper stage deck with all the satellites of all teams including the primary payload was placed in its large sealed transport container and moved to the launchpad. The moving of the satellites from the cleanroom to the launchpad traditionally is preceded by a ceremony, consisting of …

Electrical tests passed

Wednesday was our mandatory day off as the primary payload CartoSat-2E was undergoing fueling, and no-one else but the fueling team and safety officers are allowed around those activities for obvious reasons. So, together with all other teams still present we paid the local base museum a visit to check …

QuadPack integration completed

On Monday, we could start with the physical integration of the 5 QuadPacks on the PSLV’s upper stage deck. Having had the experience with preparing for and assembling 25 QuadPacks earlier this year on the ISL17 launch, for both the ISL team and the PSLV integration team, the process of …

ISL19 weekend update

On Friday we welcomed another team member and the team from LT01 that came over for the fueling of their satellite. We packed all hardware in the morning, and moved to the integration facility in the afternoon. Once there, we could unpack again, and prepare the setup for the fueling …