Photos: Europe's IXV Reusable Space Plane Prototype

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IXV Mission Profile

Credit: ESA–J. Huart
The European Space Agency's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is scheduled to launch atop a Vega rocket on Feb. 11, 2015, from Europe's Spaceport…Read More »

in French Guiana. This IXV mission will test cutting-edge technology.

The IXV mission launches on a Vega rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, into a semi-equatorial path, then lands in the Pacific Ocean for recovery by ship, followed by post-flight analysis. The main flight phases consist of ascent, separation, ballistic, reentry, descent and splashdown.   Less «
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