> ISILAUNCH27 launch campaign: we are ready to lift-off!

ISILAUNCH27 launch campaign: we are ready to lift-off!

Each launch campaign has its own character and challenges, and this one was no different. Now that there are only a few hours left before seeing the Soyuz-2 rocket lifting-off, we’d like to reflect on some of the challenging steps that brought us here, which will culminate in the launch, scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, at…

March 19, 2021 by Andreia

Each launch campaign has its own character and challenges, and this one was no different. Now that there are only a few hours left before seeing the Soyuz-2 rocket lifting-off, we’d like to reflect on some of the challenging steps that brought us here, which will culminate in the launch, scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, at UTC 06:07:12, in the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

ISILAUNCH27 Soyuz-2 rocket launch campaign
Poster of the ISILAUNCH27 launch campaign.

All the logistics related to travelling to Baikonur last February and getting back while adhering to all the COVID measures and quarantine periods forced the ISILAUNCH team to an extended stay of almost two months in Kazakhstan, to accomplish the ISILAUNCH27 launch campaign, under contract with GK Launch Services.

Being responsible for all the incoming tests of the four ISISPACE Quadpacks with the integrated customers’ payload, performing hardware pre-integrations checks, completing flight preparation for the ISISPACE iMDC (Modular Deployment Controller) sequencer, vital for the mission success as it controls the separation of all our payloads, we completed the accommodation of the QuadPacks and the sequencer on the external frame of the Fregat upper stage.

ISILAUNCH27 Soyuz-2 rocket launch campaign
The QuadPacks integrated onto Soyuz Fregat.

Following the final integration and flight preparation of both the Quadpacks and the iMDC, we also performed the harness connectivity check with Fregat upper stage together with the NPOL specialist team. The last steps of the launch preparation were for the ISILAUNCH team members to add before the flight (ABF) and remove before the flight (RBF) items from the QuadPacks.

With all payload integrated and ready for launch, the Progress Rocket Space Centre specialists performed the encapsulation of the Space Head Module (SHM) – making Soyuz and its payloads all ready for launch.

In great anticipation of the launch tomorrow, we would like to give a special thanks to all our customers involved in this mission. Thank you for trusting us to launch your satellite with our services once again! It is such a sense of accomplishment to provide each of them with quality services while accomplishing all the deadlines!

ISILAUNCH27 Soyuz-2 rocket launch campaign
The QuadPacks with the SAMSON satellites integrated.

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