Italy is the great protagonist of the launch of the European atmospheric reentry
demonstrator IXV, developed by Thales Alenia Space on behalf of the European Space Agency with the technical-scientific contribution of the Italian Space Agency, CIRA (Italian Aerospace Research Center) and Italian Universities, said Stefania Giannini Italian Minister of Instruction, University and Research.
It is equipped with a high-performance guidance, navigation and control system that uses automatically controlled aerodynamic surfaces during the atmospheric reentry
The European Space Agency's IXV (Intermediate Experimental Vehicle) atmospheric reentry
demonstrator, developed by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor, has kicked off its launch campaign at the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana.
Bathed in an eerie blue glow of an ion beam, a model of the Space Shuttle undergoes a simulated atmospheric reentry
to study the problem of communications blackouts during the dangerous reentry phase.