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    Post Europe's mini-space shuttle returns

    The IXV 'spaceplane' could provide Europe with a re-useable space transportation system

    A prototype for a versatile mini-spaceplane has successfully completed its first test flight, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

    The IXV resembles a smaller, robotically controlled version of the US space shuttle, and could provide Europe with a re-useable orbital transportation system of its own

    It blasted off on a Vega rocket from South America just after 13:40 GMT.

    The test data could also inform future Mars landing technologies.

    The demonstrator flew east around the globe, before coming down in the water west of the Galapagos Islands at about 15:20 GMT.

    The wedge-shaped IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle) was designed to gather information on how space objects fall back to Earth.

    Commenting on the flight, Esa director-general Jean-Jacques Dordain said: "It couldn't have gone better.

    "But the mission itself is not over because now it is necessary to analyse all the data gathered during the flight."

    At the time the craft re-entered the atmosphere, it was moving at 7.5km/s. As it pushed against the air, the temperatures on its leading surfaces would have soared to 1,700C.

    Flaps and thrusters controlled the trajectory, ensuring the IXV came down close to a recovery ship.


    Whoop, It returrned, What do you guys think of future spaceflight?
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    Wtf?
    /charlim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Organized Chaos View Post
    Wtf?
    /charlim
    Updated it with something else

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    AHhhh
    much better and interesting lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Organized Chaos View Post
    AHhhh
    much better and interesting lol
    Haha, The other post just failed totally

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apple` View Post
    Haha, The other post just failed totally
    Yea, you a failue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Organized Chaos View Post


    Yea, you a failue
    Oh no you didn't, You went there!

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    You're both failures at MPGH. Go to bed..

    OT: Great read

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