Europe to test spaceplane in bid for its first reusable space tech

February 10, 2015 4:56 PM

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BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Space Agency (ESA) is due to launch an experimental spaceplane from its spaceport in French Guiana on Wednesday which it hopes will pave the way towards Europe's first reusable space transportation systems.

ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV), which is the size of a car, will lift off at 1300 GMT (0800 ET) aboard a rocket before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean around 100 minutes later.

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