YES2 Passes Critical Design review
The Second Young Engineers’ Satellite (YES2), which involves students from across Europe and around the world, is making excellent progress towards a launch in September 2007.
After a number of recent meetings involving the student team, the spacecraft contractor (Delta-Utec), the launch provider and ESA experts, the mission has completed its Critical Design Review (CDR). As a result, the YES2 team has been given the green light to proceed with development of hardware.
After the spacecraft design package was presented to ESA engineers for comment in mid-March, Delta-Utec was presented with a list of 78 required actions. At the CDR meeting on 7 April, all of these were accepted by the YES2 team, and by 8 May all but a few of the 49 outstanding items had been resolved. The remaining issues will be resolved in the near future.
Meanwhile, a feasibility study by TsSKB-Progress, the Russian provider of the Soyuz launcher and the Foton spacecraft on which the YES2 hardware will piggyback, concluded that there are no technological showstoppers related to the launch.
“We have reached a contractual milestone,” commented Åge-Raymond Riise, ESA’s project coordinator. “The design is now sufficiently mature for the team to procure long-lead items and to start construction of the spacecraft.”
“We are very happy with the status of YES2. The coming months will be exciting for all the students as they see the project for which they have worked so long to become a reality.”
More than 400 students from the ESA member states, as well as Russia, Poland, Japan, Canada and Australia, have participated in the YES2 project since it began 5 years ago. There are currently about 50 students and young engineers involved in completing the flight design, performing tests and starting construction.