100-minute test flight of unmanned car-sized vessel to help inform future design of reusable spacecraft.
The European Space Agency has conducted a test flight for a craft which could pave the way for its first reusable space plane.
The agency already has proven launch and orbiting systems. Now it is focusing on developing the technology needed for the craft to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere.
Al Jazeera’s Technology Editor Tarek Bazley explains.