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News Archive / Tagged: IXV

  • 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.