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ESA IXV to orbit & back

Started by brucesdad13, 02/11/2015 10:29AM
Posted 02/11/2015 10:29AM | Edited 02/11/2015 10:57AM Opening Post
IXV looking good! smile Pano photo from Park Ave in Worcester, MA birthplace of Robert H. Goddard... in city for training today smile

"The target trajectory for separation of the Intermediate Experimental Vehicle was a perigee of 76 kilometres (47.2 miles, 41.0 nautical miles) and an apogee of 416 kilometres (258 miles, 225 nautical miles) at an inclination of 5.4 degrees."

"While this could technically be termed an orbit, since the perigee of the trajectory lies above the surface of the Earth, it intersects the atmosphere such that the IXV will reenter before completing its first revolution."

"Such a transatmospheric orbit is generally considered to be a suborbital, rather than orbital, mission."

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/02/europes-vega-rocket-debut-ixv-spaceplane/

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