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  • ESA’s IXV spaceplane test flight a complete success, says the spacecraft operations manager

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 30th, 2015

    European Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV ) was launched on a Vega rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on Feb. 11. The spacecraft was then released into a suborbital trajectory, and flew autonomously, reentering and splashing down into the Pacific Ocean after 100 minutes. This crucial test for ESA has exceeded scientists’ expectations as IXV behaved […]

  • Launch of ESA’s first ‘Space Plane’ – postponed

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 28th, 2014

    The launch of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle), ESA’s first-ever “space plane” has been postponed to give scientists time to fine tune the mission’s flight plan. At present, there is no established revised launch date, a new one is expected soon.

  • Insider Photo Exclusive: ESA’s IXV space plane undergoes final tests before launch

    Jacques van OeneSeptember 5th, 2014

    NOORDWIJK, Netherlands — If everything goes according to schedule a European VEGA rocket will lift off from Europe’s Spaceport located in Kourou, French Guiana at 9 a.m. local time (8 a.m. EDT, 1200 GMT) on November 18. Its payload will be the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle or “IXV.”  The  IXV vehicle is developed by the European Space Agency (ESA […]