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ISIS delivers the first two QB50 satellites as part of the EU FP7 QB50 project

The QB50 project has reached another crucial milestone. The first two QB50 satellites have been delivered  for shipment to the launch site after a successful flight acceptance test campaign. The satellites will form the QB50 Precursor mission that seeks to de-risk and validate key technologies of the QB50 main flight that will be performed in the coming years.

The following payloads were integrated into the ISIS satellite platforms:

QB50p1

  • INMS Payload from MSSL, UK
  • QB50 ADCS system from SSC, UK
  • Thermocouple experiment from VKI, Belgium
  • AMSAT-NL transponder from AMSAT-NL, The Netherlands

QB50p2

  • FIPEX Payload, University of Dresden, Germany
  • QB50 ADCS system from SSC, UK
  • Thermocouple experiment from VKI, Belgium
  • AMSAT-Fr transponder from AMSAT Francophone, France

ISISThe project was executed to an unprecedented timeline. Formal Kick-Off was in October 2013 and all hardware from the different partners was delivered for integration into the satellites in January  2014. This means that two satellites were delivered in just over 6 months. Furthermore, with a precursor launch scheduled in June, launch and operations will commence within 9 months of project Kick-Off.

This fast-track project shows how successful a close cooperation between academic institutes and experienced companies can be. With ISIS’ experienced team of engineers that design and build nanosatellites on a regular basis (ISIS remains on track to delivering 1 satellite system per month in 2014), throughput times of nanosatellite projects can be shortened significantly.

The upcoming launch of the QB50 precursor satellites will also be the first satellites to be launched that were funded through the EU’s FP7 space technology programme, in which a number of innovative small satellites will be launched in the coming years to demonstrate new European space technologies.

The lessons learned from the QB50 Precursor development and operations have already led to many recommendations to further improve and streamline the QB50 main flight. All teams involved in QB50 stand to benefit from the experiences gained over the last months.
About QB50: www.qb50.eu

VKI:     Christelle Debeer -  Communication - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Jan Thoemel – QB50 Project Manager - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
ISIS:    Jeroen Rotteveel – ISIS CEO - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Joost Elstak – QB50 Precursor Mission Project Manager - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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