"The YES2 project involves more than 400 students from across Europe and around the world. The satellite is scheduled to be launched by a Soyuz rocket in September 2007, piggybacking on ESA's Foton-M3 microgravity mission. One of the most important aspects of this innovative mission is the deployment of a 30 km long tether to deploy the Fotino mini-satellite and re-entry capsule. . Not only will this be the longest artificial structure ever deployed in space, but it will also be the first time that a tether has been used to return a payload from space. The flight is intended to demonstrate how such a tether can be used to change a satellite's orbit without attitude control systems or rocket engines."
YES2 Homepage Editor's note: (Be certain to click on the 1 2 3 4 5 at the bottom of the page - there's a lot more to this website)
Editor's note: Today's YouTube Videos: YES2 MDU integration - Day 1 - First day of the integration of the Mass Dummy Unit of the ESA second Young Engineers' Satellite.