Preparing for launch

After we left SDSC-SHAR on Wednesday September 16th, launch preparations have continued. It was confirmed that the CubeSats were also electronically connected to the Launch Vehicle and that the last Remove-Before-Flight brackets on each CubeSat were removed.

Subsequently, the heat shield (bearing the ISILaunch01 logo) was closed, making the launch vehicle complete from a mechanical point-of-view.  After that, flight rehearsals have been performed, which all went well.

During these last days  before launch more and additional checks are performed, preparing the Launch Vehicle, the First Launch Pad (FLP) and its operators for the actual launch.

On board this PSLV-C14 will be four CubeSats from three different nationalities, which all have a primarily educational objective and have made use of ISIS’ launch services. Each CubeSat weighs around 1 kg, measures 10 x 10 x 10 cm^3 and is deployed by means of its own Single Picosatellite Launcher (SPL).

In the order of deployment, a short description of each CubeSat’s payload:

UWE-2 [Universität Würzburg, Germany]: demonstration of a newly developed Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) as well as a GPS on a CubeSat.

ITUpSAT1 [Istanbul Technical University, Turkey]: examination of performance of on-board passive stability system as well as download pictures taken by an on-board camera.

BEESAT [Technische Universität Berlin, Germany]: on orbit verification of newly developed micro reaction wheels for pico satellite applications.

SwissCube [Ecole Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne, Switzerland]: science payload to take optical measurements and characterize the airglow over selected latitudes and longitudes using an off-the-shelf detector.

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