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    IXV Splash Down

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    ESA’s experimental reentry vehicle passed its milestone descent and landing test on June 19, proving that IXV can be recovered safely after its mission into space. The real vehicle will be launched next year on Vega, Europe’s new small launcher, into a suborbital path, testing new European reentry technologies during its hypersonic and supersonic flight phases.

    Courtesy: ESA