The Infobae article Japón inicia hoy el ambicioso proyecto de construir un ascensor espacial which translated from Spanish into English by Google says
Japan begins today the ambitious project to build a space elevator
and continues (likewise translated):
This test is the first that explores the movement of a container in a cable in space . In the experiment, two ultra-small cubic satellites, or "cubesats", will be released into space from the International Space Station (ISS).
They will be connected by a steel cable, where a small container, which acts as an elevator car, will move along the cable using its own motor. A camera connected to the satellites will record the movements of the container in space, according to the Japanese newspaper The Mainichi, citing authorities from the Japan Space Agency.
Each "cubesat" measures just under 10 centimeters on each side. The "cubesats" will be connected with a 10-meter steel cable so that the "elevator car" can move forward, according to the report.
The new Japanese project will be the first test to move a container similar to a car through a cable in space. If the experiment is successful, it could significantly increase the interest in the transport system of space elevators.
Question: How will the two cubesats establish and maintain a significant amount of tension in the cable strung between them, necessary for a realistic test? Will the vehicle moving along the cable cary its own power source (e.g. solar-photovoltaic, battery, wind-up spring) or will power be beamed by laser or electromagnetic radiation, or by conductors?