ESA Euronews: The re-entry test
European Space Agency sent this email alert on 28-08-2013 12:45 PM CEST
Europe’s newest spacecraft, the IXV, or Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, has moved a step closer to its planned launch in 2014.
The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is a European Space Agency (ESA) experimental re-entry vehicle intended to validate European reusable launchers which could be evaluated in the frame of the FLPP program. The IXV development would be carried out under the leadership of the NGL Prime SpA company. It would inherit of the principles of previous studies such as CNES’ Pre-X and ESA’s AREV (Atmospheric Re-entry Experimental Vehicle).