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ESA’s spaceplane set for flight

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ESA’s spaceplane set for flight

16 July 2014 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.

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IXV gets ready to fly

Soon, IXV -Europe'sIntermediate Experimental Vehicle- will be launched into space on a VEGA launcher from Europe’s space port in Kourou. A short but crucial mission to advance Europe's ambition to return autonomously from space.

Credit: ESA

Source: ESA - Space in Videos

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Measuring ESA's IXV spaceplane

ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, IXV, is tilted and turned along and around all three axes at ESA’s Technical Centre, ESTEC, in the Netherlands to measure its centre of gravity and moments of inertia, because both influence its flying characteristics.

Launched on Vega in early November 2014, IXV will flight-test the technologies and critical systems for Europe’s future automated reentry vehicles returning from low orbit.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Launchers/IXV

Credit: ESA

Source: ESA - Space in Videos

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Shaking ESA's IXV spaceplane

ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, IXV, is put to the test at ESA’s Technical Centre, ESTEC, in the Netherlands. It has to withstand extreme vibrations during liftoff, so the spacecraft is shaken at different frequencies and for various lengths of time to ensure its technical and structural integrity throughout the mission.

To be launched on Vega in early November 2014, IXV will test in flight the technologies and critical systems for Europe’s future automated re-entry vehicles returning from low orbit.

Credit: ESA

Source: ESA - Space in Videos

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