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March 04, 2015
IXV Spaceplane misison a boost Thales Alenia Space
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 24, 2015
On Feb. 11, ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV), atmospheric reentry demonstrator, successfully completed its first test flight, ending with a splashdown into the Pacific Ocean and one aerospace company is bursting with pride over the flawless test. "The success of this mission is a source of great pride for us. Thanks to the data collected during the flight, we are paving the way for the development of new-generation reentry vehicles in Europe," Sandrine Bielecki, Thales Alenia Space sp ... read more

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