EUROPE READIES ‘SPACE PLANE’ FOR SUB-ORBITAL TEST FLIGHT

Credit: European Space Agency - Artist impression of ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV)

The European Space Agency on Tuesday put the final touches to its first-ever “space plane” ahead of blasting it into sub-orbit on November 18th for tests aimed at eventually paving the way to the continent’s first space shuttle. Assembled in Italy, the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is undergoing final ground tests ahead of getting shipped to French Guiana later this month.

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Europe’s Intermediate Experimental Vehicle – will be launched into space on a Vega launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana Below, a look at the vehicle:

 

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