The European Space Agency breaks new ground in space exploration

Bern, Press release, 09.02.2015

On 11 February, the European Space Agency will break new ground in space exploration. This will be the first time that a steerable spacecraft from Europe carries out a mission to explore the possibilities of re-entry into the atmosphere.

The test flight, which will begin with a Vega launcher, aims to validate cutting-edge technologies and systems and to collect valuable data from the rarely researched extremely high speed re-entry flight through the upper layers of the atmosphere. Systems and components from Switzerland are also on board the spacecraft.

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State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI
Swiss Space Office
Oliver Botta, Scientific advisor
Launch vehicle and exploration programmes
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