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VV02 VEGA with PROBA-V / VrenSat
2014-10-29 02:30:38

The Vega launch of ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IVX), due on 18 November from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, has been postponed to allow for additional analyses of the Vega flight trajectory.

ESA’s Spaceplane Ready For Flight
2014-07-17 03:02:38

All eyes are on ESA’s spaceplane to showcase reentry technologies after its unconventional launch on a Vega rocket this November.

Rehearsal To Bring Back Our Spaceplane
2014-06-24 03:22:15

ESA Yesterday, the ship and crew aiming to recover Europe’s unmanned IXV spacecraft in November had a practice run off the coast of Tuscany, Italy. They retrieved a prototype of the suborbital IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, the same model flown last year in a splashdown test off the east coast of Sardinia. A crane dropped the two-tonne vehicle into the water for the crew to practice the tricky maneuvers they will use when the real thing splashes down in the Pacific Ocean...

ESA Successful Reentry Drop Test
2013-06-20 15:08:41

In attempts to further refine Earth reentry technology, the European Space Agency (ESA) has completed a drop test of an initial experimental craft, according to an official statement.

ESA Schedules Re-Entry Module Test
2012-11-10 11:27:45

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) re-entry module will participate in a full-space splashdown in early 2013.

Vega To Fly ESA Experimental Reentry Vehicle
2011-12-17 05:30:41

The launch of ESA’s IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle on Europe’s new Vega rocket is now in detailed planning, a major step towards the craft’s flight in 2014.

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2011-06-29 10:42:19

A spacecraft control flap designed for the super-heated hypersonic fall through Earth’s atmosphere has come through testing in the world’s largest plasma wind tunnel to be ready for its first flight next year.

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2011-06-22 09:15:00

ESA and Thales Alenia Space Italia announced an agreement Tuesday at the Paris Air & Space Show to begin building the IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle for its mission into space in 2013.

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2010-09-16 07:20:24

On Wednesday, ESA held the first IXV Industrial Workshop.

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2009-06-16 12:35:00

Today at the Paris Air Show being held at Le Bourget, ESA and Thales Alenia Space have established the agreement for the authorisation to proceed with the development of the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) atmospheric reentry demonstrator.


Word of the Day
aphotic
  • Having no light.
  • Of or relating to the region of a body of water that is not reached by sunlight and in which photosynthesis is unable to occur.
The word 'aphotic' comes from Greek roots meaning 'without' and 'light'.
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