Vega VV04 Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle

 

IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle  is suborbital re-entry vehicle created by ESA ( European Space Agency). IXV is a spaceplan prototype to legalize European reusable launchers.  It developed from  the frame of the FLPP (Future Launchers Preparatory Programme) to the leadership of the NGL Prime SpA  company. On 11 February 2015 was it's 100-minute mission and ended with succes.  IXV became the first lifting body to perform full atmospheric reentry from orbital speed.