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Comic 1816 - Ep. 24, Page 45

11th Feb 2015, 10:42 PM in Episode 24 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
Average Rating: 5 (2 votes)

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smbhax 11th Feb 2015, 10:42 PM edit delete
Europe's mini-space shuttle returns (BBC) covers yesterday's launch, orbit, and landing of the European Space Agency's IXV ("Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle"), an unmanned, "robotically controlled" space ship that looks something like NASA's old Space Shuttle, except that it doesn't need a cockpit and measures just 5 meters in length! A Vega rocket sent it into orbit, and it flew/parachuted down for a safe splashdown in the ocean. This was mainly a test of the re-entry and landing, with which Europe's space agencies have relatively little experience. The ESA's follow-up ship to the now-successful, "Italian-led" IXV will be called Pride, and it sounds like it will be another, more advanced robotic test shuttle, perhaps meant to explore complex maneuvers such as in-orbit satellite repairs.


cattservant 11th Feb 2015, 10:59 PM edit delete reply
Hope she filled her pockets on the way out.
smbhax 12th Feb 2015, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
Pockets? : o
moizmad 12th Feb 2015, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
Doors only open at scheduled stops.
smbhax 12th Feb 2015, 8:21 PM edit delete reply
Arms and legs inside the windows at all times!