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“IXV atmospheric reentry demonstrator”
Europe’s IXV Atmospheric Reentry Demonstrator Ready for Final Tests

CANNES, France, March 21st, 2014 (Thales Alena Space PR) –
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.

The spacecraft will be delivered to ESA’s ESTEC center in the Netherlands, where it will undergo final testing before being shipped to the launch site at the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.


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