The year 2017 will be the big one for the QB50 community. All the hard work in the last years will bear fruits and lead to the finalized satellite and its launch into space.
The main milestones are listed and planned in the two figures below (before and after the launches). All dates are fixed, but the launch dates can still be subjected to a postponement.
Figure 1: Schedule before the launches
After the launch, the most exciting tasks will be carried out. First, we will commission the satellites. Then we will start the operations of our science units, leading to the acquisition of the thermosphere measurements, and your payloads’. The high-level planning of these activities are shown below. All dates are best estimates and may, or may not, shift. Individual schedules agreed with each team are applicable.
Figure 2: Schedule after the launches