ESA’s spaceplane set for flight16 July 2014
ESA’s spaceplane set for flight16 July 2014 All eyes are on ESA’s spaceplane to showcase reentry technologies after its unconventional launch on a Vega rocket this November.
Experimental spaceplane unboxed for final tests25 June 2014
Experimental spaceplane unboxed for final tests25 June 2014 The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle arrived in the Netherlands last night to undergo final tests at ESA’s main technical centre ahead of its November launch.
Bringing back our spaceplane24 June 2014
Bringing back our spaceplane24 June 2014 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.
Safe splashdown for Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle21 June 2013 ESA’s experimental reentry vehicle passed its milestone descent and landing test on Wednesday at the Poligono Interforze Salto di Quirra off the east coast of Sardinia in Italy.
ESA’s IXV reentry vehicle prepares for soft landing09 November 2012
ESA’s IXV reentry vehicle prepares for soft landing09 November 2012 Europe’s IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle is completing a series of descent and landing tests, including a full-scale splashdown planned for early next year, allowing the mission to move ahead towards launch in 2014.
Vega to fly ESA experimental reentry vehicle16 December 2011
Vega to fly ESA experimental reentry vehicle16 December 2011 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.