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Foton M-2



Foton M-2 is a Russian retrievable craft that was launched by a Soyuz-U rocket from Baikonur at 12:00 UT on 31 May 2005. The 6.3 tonne craft carries three modules: a spherical retrievable unit that houses many microgravity experiments, a battery pack and a service module. The retrievable module carries several units totaling 550 kg to conduct 39 ESA-built experiments. Among them are experiments in physical sciences, biology, fluid mechanics, exobiology, material science, and technology demonstration. After orbiting for 16 days, the module will be parachuted to land in Russia on 16 June 2005 at 08:32 UT.

Alternate Names

  • 28686
  • FotonM-2

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2005-05-31
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan
Mass: 6300 kg

Funding Agency

  • Russian Space Agency (Russia)


  • Technology Applications
  • Life Science
  • Microgravity

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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