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French Guiana: Watch STUNNING time-lapse of IXV blast-off01:17

French Guiana: Watch STUNNING time-lapse of IXV blast-off

French Guiana, Kourou
February 19, 2015 at 19:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

The European Space Agency (ESA) published footage, Thursday, showing the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) lifting off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou on February 11 atop a Vega VV04 rocket for a test flight.

The five-metre-long (16 ft), two-tonne spacecraft successfully separated from the Vega rocket at an altitude of 340km (211 miles) and rose to 412km (256 miles) before re-entering the atmosphere and crashing into the Pacific Ocean west of the Galapagos Islands. Equipped with 300 sensors, it managed to record an enourmous amount of data.

The IXV gives the ESA new capabilities in terms of sampling returns from other planets, offering crew returns from space as well as future opportunities for observing the Earth, satellite servicing and disposal missions.

French Guiana: Watch STUNNING time-lapse of IXV blast-off01:17
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The European Space Agency (ESA) published footage, Thursday, showing the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) lifting off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou on February 11 atop a Vega VV04 rocket for a test flight.

The five-metre-long (16 ft), two-tonne spacecraft successfully separated from the Vega rocket at an altitude of 340km (211 miles) and rose to 412km (256 miles) before re-entering the atmosphere and crashing into the Pacific Ocean west of the Galapagos Islands. Equipped with 300 sensors, it managed to record an enourmous amount of data.

The IXV gives the ESA new capabilities in terms of sampling returns from other planets, offering crew returns from space as well as future opportunities for observing the Earth, satellite servicing and disposal missions.