After successfully completing its 100-minute, remotely operated ride, the European Space Agency's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) was lifted aboard the Nos Aries, ESA's recovery ship, as we can see in this photo above released by the space agency today.
The first launch and reentry of the European Space Agency's unoccupied Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) went off this morning after a slight delay. The mini spaceplane made splashdown in the Pacific Ocean after a quick but flawless journey.
Today the European Space Agency's test spaceplane went on a successful 100-minute, remotely-operated ride along the equator from Kourou, French Guiana to the Pacific Ocean, just west of the Galapagos islands.
Photographer Enrico Sacchetti got a peek of Europe's new experimental space shuttle, the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, and sent us this cool photo of its guts. The IXV will be launched from Kourou, French Guiana, on October 2014.
The European Space Agency's next-gen re-entry vehicle is taking shape. Called IXV, it could pave the way to Europe's first independent astronaut mission. This scaled-down prototype, which is scheduled for its first automated launch and re-entry later this year, is deliberately modeled after the nose of NASA's Space…
This is ESA's video unveiling of its Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, a test-bed for a next-generation reentry pod. The IXV is due to rocket aloft on Europe's new small Vega launcher in 2012 and test out a range of systems for a "proper" future vehicle. Ditching the simplicity and limitations of the now…