After 100 minutes in suspense, the test flight of IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle) carried out this Wednesday, February 11th 2015, was a complete success. Launched by Vega, a small rocket from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, IXV has landed, in the Pacific Ocean 100 minutes after.
This was a short mission with big impact,” notes Giorgio Tumino, IXV project manager.
“The cutting-edge technology we validated today, and the data gathered from the sensors aboard IXV, will open numerous opportunities for Europe to develop ambitious plans in space transportation for a multitude of applications.”
IXV will now returned to Europe for detailed analysis in ESA’s technical center.
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