ESA's Vega mission spaceplane makes perfect re-entry

(AGI) Rome, Feb 13 - The European Space Agency's experimentalIXV spaceplane mission was a resounding success, with both theVega rocket launch and the re-entry going off without a hitch.The mission is considered an important step towardstechnological advances in the re-entry of objects launched intospace and their recovery. "Recovering objects that re-enterfrom space isn't simple", ESA's Vega Exploitation ManagerRenato Lanfranconi told AGI. "They're subjected to heavy stressand therefore cannot be reutilised. That's precisely the endgoal of the mission: to develop technologies that are ever moreavant-garde to manage atmospheric re-entry and reuse

(AGI) Rome, Feb 13 - The European Space Agency's experimentalIXV spaceplane mission was a resounding success, with both theVega rocket launch and the re-entry going off without a hitch.The mission is considered an important step towardstechnological advances in the re-entry of objects launched intospace and their recovery. "Recovering objects that re-enterfrom space isn't simple", ESA's Vega Exploitation ManagerRenato Lanfranconi told AGI. "They're subjected to heavy stressand therefore cannot be reutilised. That's precisely the endgoal of the mission: to develop technologies that are ever moreavant-garde to manage atmospheric re-entry and reuse objectssent into space. Programmed and 'managed' re-entry will bevital for mankind's missions in space, but it could also beimportant for cost reduction. Every space mission requiresenormous financial investments that correct re-entry might helplower, at least in part", Lanfranconi explained. The missionteam was struck by the precision of the spaceplane's re-entryat the exact spot in the Pacific Ocean that the experts hadidentified, making its recovery a simple process. "We couldstart the ride again, that's what my colleagues and I saidafter the mission given the IXV's perfect re-entry", saidLanfranconi. The ESA is already planning for the future and theconstruction of a new, larger spaceplane that istechnologically closer to the final objective. Italy played avital role in the mission success: it largely financed theconstruction of both the IXV spaceplane and the Vega rocketwith which it was launched. "Hollande himself thanked Italy'sindustry today for the work it has done", Lanfranconi said. . .