Thursday, October 25, 2012

European Robotic Mini-Space Plane Project Could Fly by 2020

European Robotic Mini-Space Plane Project Could Fly by 2020 | Space.com: "A European-built robot space plane could be soaring in orbit before the end of the decade if the program to develop it gains funding approval next month.

The Innovative Space Vehicle (ISV) would be Europe's civilian equivalent of the U.S. Air Force's unmanned X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, a robotic miniature space shuttle that has flown on two missions since 2010. The unmanned space plane would be much smaller than the Air Force vehicle, however."