Wednesday 11 February, Vega accomplished a flawless launch from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) on its fourth successful mission since its maiden flight in 2012, carrying the IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle) re-entry demonstrator into orbit.
The IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle) is an atmospheric re-entry demonstrator built by prime contractor Thales Alenia Space for the European Space Agency (ESA). The aim of this mission is to develop an autonomous European atmospheric re-entry system and to flight test its design, aerodynamic performance and thermal protection.
On the occasion of the launch, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall hailed this new accomplishment for Vega: “This is the fourth successful flight for Vega and I would like to congratulate all the teams who helped to make this launch a success at ESA, the Italian space agency ASI, Arianespace, Thales Alenia Space and of course at CNES. I also want to thank all of our European partners for their support for the launch services sector. Their actions, magnified by this latest success, are adding every day to the international reputation of the Guiana Space Centre and the family of launchers we operate there with Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega.”
Source / Author: CNES