ESA’S IXV SPACE PLANE SUCCESSFUL TEST FLIGHT

Video Credit & Copyright: European Space Agency (ESA) & Arianespace.

On Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 13:40 UTC (08:40 EST) an Arianespace Vega rocket designated (VV04) jumped off the launch pad at the Kourou Space Center, French Guiana carrying the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV). The IXV is a wedge or space plane designed for this mission to fly sub-orbital traverse half way around the Earth and reenter then splash down in the south Pacific to test ESA’s newly developed space flight and reentry systems. Here’s the write up I did on the mission: https://danspace77.com/2015/02/10/europes-ixv-space-plane-prepares-for-launch/

MISSION DATA LINKS:

ESA IXV mission page: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Launchers/IXV/Overview

ESA IXV spacecraft: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Launchers/IXV/IXV_spacecraft

VV04 mission information: http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2015/1255.asp

ESA IXV space plane on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ESA_IXV

ARIANESPACE LINKS:

Arianespace Homepage: http://www.arianespace.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Arianespace

Instagram: http://instagram.com/arianespace

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/arianespace/

You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/arianespace

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY (ESA) LINKS:

European Space Agency (ESA) homepage: http://www.esa.int/ESA

Twitter: https://twitter.com/esa

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+EuropeanSpaceAgency

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/europeanspaceagency/sets/

You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ESA

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