There, it will pick up various project staff, including the propulsion teams from Thales Alenia Space, who will passivate (neutralize) the IXV
and recover the data recorders.
Thanks to the data collected during the flight, we are paving the way for the development of new-generation reentry vehicles in Europe, and our company, which designed and built the IXV, is now the European benchmark in this sector.
The IXV separated from the launcher at an altitude of 320 kilometers, continuing its ascent until reaching an altitude of 412 kilometers.
The IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle), the European Space Agency's atmospheric reentry demonstrator, developed by Thales Alenia Space, was successfully launched by Arianespace today on board a Vega rocket from the Guiana Space Center.
atmospheric reentry demonstrator is ready for launch from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.
Shaped like a smaller version of the now-retired US space shuttle, the IXV has no tail or discernible wings.
The Press Association reports that the Intermediate Experimental Vehicle, or IXV, was launched on board a Vega rocket from ESA's spaceport in French Guiana.
IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle), the European Space Agency s atmospheric reentry demonstrator developed by Thales Alenia Space, has finished development, and is now completing integration at Thales Alenia Space's clean rooms in Turin.
Thales Alenia Space Italia is in charge of the IXV vehicle design, development and integration and heads a consortium of the main European industries, research centers and universities.
The IXV demonstrator features advanced aerodynamics thanks to its lifting body design, which also maximizes maneuverability.
IXV will be launched by Arianespace onboard the VEGA European launch vehicle.
Thales Alenia Space is in charge of the IXV vehicle design, development and integration and heads a consortium comprising major European manufacturers, research centers and universities.