Cargo Review passed!

Great news, we passed the cargo review! With that, the hardwarwe is now safely stowed in a Cargo Transfer Bag (CTG) and waiting for the flight to the ISS in May 2018. It will be part of the Orbital Cygnus 9E cargo.

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Almost there!

As workload increased for the final development phase, we completely forgot to keep you updated – sorry for that. Many things have been achieved since our last post: We released the flight software, finished the USB interface test, passed the EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) test and submitted our flight safety data package for ESA safety review. […]

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Programmatical Progress

This week was very successful on the programmatically part of the mission. We finally received approval from ARISS TE&S (Amateur Radio on the ISS Technical Evaluation & Support) to use the antenna and to get support for the operations. Additionally, on our way through the ESA safety process we completed Phase II. As we want […]

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Vibration Testing

Today MarconISSta team members Martin Buscher, Jitendra Bhat and Alex Sullivan spent the day at Astro und Feinwerktechnik Adlershof GmbH for vibration testing of the LimeSDR and its housing. Vibration testing is used to simulate one of the loads the hardware will have to endure during launch. Upon arrival the team conducted a small functional […]

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Temperature Test

This week the team conducted a temperature test of the LimeSDR flight hardware in a thermal chamber.  The goal of the test is to demonstrate that the housing will not exceed safe surface temperature when ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst handles the experiment.  There is an upper temperature limit of 45 ºC, but the team designed the […]

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Touch temperature test

This week the team conducted the touch temperature test on the housing.  The goal was to confirm that the housing will remain in a safe temperature range for the astronauts to handle once it is on the International Space Station.  To accomplish this, the LimeSDR was secured in the housing and turned on for multiple […]

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