World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Programme for Reusable In-orbit Demonstrator in Europe

Article Id: WHEBN0046996424
Reproduction Date:

Title: Programme for Reusable In-orbit Demonstrator in Europe  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: European Space Agency, Spaceplane, Spaceplanes, Long-term abuse/Orangemoody/Accounts, Pride (disambiguation)
Collection: Atmospheric Entry, European Space Agency, Spaceplanes
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Programme for Reusable In-orbit Demonstrator in Europe

Programme for Reusable In-orbit Demonstrator in Europe
Artist's view of the PRIDE spaceplane servicing a satellite
Operator ESA
Mission type Reusable spaceship
Carrier rocket Vega
Launch site Kourou ELV
Landing site Runway or soft ground
Orbital elements
Regime Geocentric orbit
References: [1]

The Programme for Reusable In-orbit Demonstrator in Europe (PRIDE) is a European Space Agency (ESA) programme that aims to develop a reusable robotic spacecraft. PRIDE was approved at the ESA Ministerial Council in Naples, Italy on November 21, 2012. PRIDE spaceplane will be similar to, but smaller and cheaper than, the Boeing X-37. It will be launched by the Vega light rocket, operate robotically in orbit, and land automatically on a runway.[2]


  • History 1
  • Design 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


PRIDE was initially funded by the ESA on November 21, 2012 at the ESA Ministerial Council in Naples, Italy.[3] The project was created with the objective of creating an small unmanned spaceplane that was also affordable and reusable. During the initial design stage the vehicle was referred to as PRIDE-ISV. The suffix ISV stands for Innovative Space Vehicle.[4] It is projected that from September 2015, the PRIDE development team will begin industrial activities. In December 2015 a ministerial-level meeting will make a decision regarding the funding for the project as around €200 million is required to finalize the project, excluding launch costs. If funding is successful, the first launch is expected around 2020.[5]

The European Space Agency has developed two test vehicles: the Atmospheric Reentry Demonstrator (launched in 1998), and the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV, launched on Feb 11th 2015 [6] and with a second launch planned for 2019 or 2020).[1][4][7]


With affordability in mind, the PRIDE spaceplane will be based on technologies developed and tested on the IXV. Final specifications of the spaceplane have not yet been determined; both winged and lifting body variants are under consideration.

The PRIDE spaceplane will be capable of operating up to 300 kilograms (660 lb) of payload, and it will be equipped with solar panels, allowing for extended in-orbit operations. Vega will be used as a launch vehicle.[1][8]

The PRIDE spaceplane will be used as an orbital test platform for re-usable launcher stages, Earth observation, robotic exploration, servicing of orbital infrastructures, and microgravity experiments.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Howell, Elizabeth (23 February 2015). "Europe's Newly-Tested Space Plane Aims for Next Launch in 2019". Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions on IXV". ESA. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "N° 37–2012: European Ministers decided to invest in space to boost Europe’s competitiveness and growth" (Press release). ESA. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Rob Coppinger (25 October 2012). "IXV’s Pride: Europe’s spaceplane homecoming prelude to future goals".  
  5. ^ "Replay of IXV conference". ESA. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Europe's mini-space shuttle returns". BBC News. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "ESA spaceplane on display" (Press release).  

External links

  • PRIDE mission image
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.