Rewatch ESA's IXV launch

Follow the test of the new vehicle from launch to splash down.

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The IXV will test the heat shielding that will protect future ESA spacecraft

Credit: ESA


On 11 February 2015, ESA launched the Intermediate Experimental Vehicle, or IXV. The vehicle is a test bed for technology that will go on to be used in ESA's next generation of space vehicles, including potential manned craft.

Watch the entire mission from launch to splash down below.

To learn more about the IXV, read our feature in the February 2015 issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine, available on iOS and Android.

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