ESA to launch reusable spacecraft 僕ift-off delayed again- Watch Mini Space shuttle Launches videoTasnuva Rahim (Author) Published Date : Feb 11, 2015 10:32 IST
History shows that the The European Space Agency (ESA) has a good track record of launching rockets into orbit generally but the drawback that they have is that it is not as competent as its contemporary US and Russian agencies when it comes to bringing them back to Earth safe and sound.
The lack of knowledge or experience is the motive behind the launching of a prototype, the IXV experimental space plane which is programmed to lift off at 8 am ET today.
This 1hr40min mission consists of a Vega rocket launching the 16 foot, 2 ton spacecraft to an elevation of 280 miles. Following that, the IXV will have to rapidly dive flapping and thrusting which controls its flight path. Then, it has be re-enter at exactly the accurate angle in order to stop itself from flaming up or losing its target which is a recovery ship that awaits 3,000 west to the Galapagos Island.
If everything goes according to the plan then it will descend smoothly via a parachute system which will help it stay floating. The spacecraft has numerous sensors which help detect any problem prior to landing.
The ESA plans to collect more details about the re-entry, specifically for the lifts of space vessels which travels at a hypersonic velocity.
It also has aspirations to use the understanding to get ready for its upcoming PRIDE (Program for Reusable In-orbit Demonstrator for Europe) which will ultimately disembark on a runway.
The US has a space vessel very much like the PRIDE, named the top-secret X-37B architected to make another entrance from orbit to land.
Till now there has not been any news on what ESA plans to do with this spacecraft but from what they have experienced from SpaceX, it is apparent that re-useable rockets are a much more inexpensive to embark upon space.
The flight schedule has been delayed again until further notice.
ESA to launch reusable spacecraft 僕ift-off delayed again- Watch Mini Space shuttle Launches video