ESA Reveals Next-Gen Reentry Pod, Makes NASA's Plans Look Kinda Low-Tech

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… » 11/05/08 2:45pm 11/05/08 2:45pm