Europe's Answer To the Space Shuttle Is Almost Ready For Prime Time

The European Space Agency's next-gen re-entry vehicle is taking shape. Called IXV, it could pave the way to Europe's first independent astronaut mission. This scaled-down prototype, which is scheduled for its first automated launch and re-entry later this year, is deliberately modeled after the nose of NASA's Space… » 3/21/14 2:20pm 3/21/14 2:20pm