Vega Flight VV04: postponed to allow additional flight trajectory analyses by ESA and CNES
The European Space Agency (ESA), in conjunction with French space agency CNES, has decided to carry out additional flight trajectory analyses for the Vega launch with Europe’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) spaceplane.
To allow the time needed to complete these analyses, the mission – originally scheduled for November 18, 2014 – has been postponed, with a new launch date to be announced as soon as possible. The timetable for the following flights will not change.
Built by Thales Alenia Space for ESA, IXV is an atmospheric reentry demonstrator designed to flight test technologies and critical systems for Europe’s future automated reentry systems as they return from low Earth orbit.