J. HUART / EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY J. HUART / EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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IXV re-entry vehicle, artwork. This spacecraft is the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) planned by the European Space Agency (ESA) for launch on a Vega rocket in 2015. Following launch, it will be deployed in Earth orbit from where it will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere. The IXV is a testing system, not intended to be crewed and only 4.4 metres in length. It has no wings, but uses two flaps on its lower rear edge to control re-entry. Once re-entry has been achieved, parachutes are deployed.
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