atmospheric entry

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atmospheric entry

[¦at·mə¦sfir·ik ′en·trē]
(aerospace engineering)
The penetration of any planetary atmosphere by any object from outer space; specifically, the penetration of the earth's atmosphere by a crewed or uncrewed capsule or spacecraft.
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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 phase.
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.
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