ESA is preparing the launch of the drone, able to return to Earth
The European space Agency is preparing the first launch of an experimental prototype of an unmanned «space plane» able to return to Earth. «Intermediate Experimental Vehicle» will be launched tonight from Baikonur ESA in French Guiana. Originally the launch was planned in November last year, but was cancelled due to the shortcomings of the security apparatus.
1800-pound five-meter drone «Intermediate Experimental Vehicle» will be raised to a height of 450 kilometers on a suborbital trajectory at a speed of about 7.7 kilometers per second. After that the device will crash in the waters of the Pacific ocean, where it will be waiting for the ship «Nos Aries».