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

ESA All eyes are on ESA’s spaceplane to showcase reentry technologies after its unconventional launch on a Vega rocket this November. Instead of heading north into a polar orbit – as on previous flights – Vega will head eastwards to release the spaceplane into a suborbital path reaching all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Engineers are forging ahead with the final tests on ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, IXV, to check that it can withstand the demanding conditions...

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...

Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator
2014-06-13 03:00:00

NASA Update NASA did not conduct the flight test of the agency's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range in Kauai, Hawaii, during its designated launch period. The project's reserved range time at the range will expire Saturday, June 14, with NASA unable to fly the test because of continuing unfavorable weather conditions. Mark Adler, the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator project manager and Ian Clark, principal investigator on the project,...

2014-03-25 16:20:17

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is seeking proposals from U.S. commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle providers to integrate and fly technology payloads for the space agency. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA uses companies for suborbital flights to encourage and facilitate the growth of this important aerospace market while also providing a means to advance a wide range of new launch vehicle and space technologies. NASA...

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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. The built-to-scale model, dubbed the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV), was released by a helicopter from about 1.6 miles above the Earth. It descended via parachute until splashing into the Mediterranean Sea. The test drop precedes a flight model...

CIBER To Help NASA Visualize Beginnings Of The Universe
2013-05-21 17:43:54

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Everything has a beginning and discovering the beginning of the universe could begin next month. On June 4, NASA will launch an experiment that could answer the question as to when the first stars and galaxies formed in the universe, and how brightly these stars may have burned their fuel. Next month, scientists will look to answers with the launch of the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment (CIBER) on the Black Brant XII...

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

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: ESA´s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle ] The European Space Agency's (ESA) Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) re-entry module will participate in a full-space splashdown in early 2013, the organization announced on Friday. The parachute drop test is one of a series of descent and landing tests that the IXV will complete in preparation for its inaugural launch, which is currently scheduled to...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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