Test - Integrate - Control

IXV CCS in French Guyana

Yesterday morning the Intermediate experimental Vehicle (IXV) has landed on board of an Antonov Cargo Plane in French Guyana to start the last phase of its long journey and get ready for its mission
CCS has been used for the whole AIT campaign, and is going to be operational soon also in French Guyana for functional checks up to the launch chronology execution and lift off.

IXV will be used to validate European reentry technologies.

The vehicle is not commandable by radio telecommands during its short flight, and only implements a telemetry radio link. However the vehicle is certainly commandable while on the ground during testing, and the commanding must be relatively sophisticated, since all telecommands must be pre-loaded into a mission timeline and then verified as they execute from the timeline using live telemetry.