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Successful Mission for the European Space Plane IXV


Credit : ESA – projet IXV

Mission accomplished for IXV, the space plane of the European Space Agency (ESA)!

After 100 minutes in suspense, the test flight of IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle) carried out this Wednesday, February 11th 2015, was a complete success. Launched by Vega, a small rocket from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, IXV has landed, in the Pacific Ocean 100 minutes after.

Developed by Thales Alenia Space since 2009 on behalf of ESA, IXV is a spacecraft of 5 meters (16.4 pi) long and 2 tons (4480 lb).

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This was a short mission with big impact,” notes Giorgio Tumino, IXV project manager.

“The cutting-edge technology we validated today, and the data gathered from the sensors aboard IXV, will open numerous opportunities for Europe to develop ambitious plans in space transportation for a multitude of applications.”

IXV will now returned to Europe for detailed analysis in ESA’s technical center.

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