Polaris Spaceplanes’ Mira-Light prototype has just successfully completed a 15-flight test campaign. This space plane could take flight under the name Aurora as early as 2026 according to its manufacturer.
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It’s still only a scaled-down version, but it has just shown the flight behavior of the future avion spatialavion spatial from the German company Polaris Spaceplanes. The Mira-Light successfully completed a test series of 15 flights. The space plane is only 2.5 meters long and flies using four electric motors. The objective of these flights, which lasted a total of 40 minutes, was to check the aerodynamics and flight control systems of the aircraft. Once the flight data has been processed and used, the prototype should evolve in size and be equipped with an aerospike rocket engine.
In flight from 2026?
What kind of nozzlenozzle allows propulsion to be optimized regardless of the altitude phases. The next Mira is expected to be 4.25 meters long and the next 6.7 meters. In future test flights, the aircraft will be equipped with four jet engines in addition to the aerospike engine. The tests will involve flights powered by rocketrocket in the high atmosphereatmosphere land at supersonic speeds. The ambition of PolarisPolaris Spaceplanes is to commercialize the future space plane AuroraAurora. It should be capable of carrying a payload of 10 tonnes to speedsspeeds suborbital. Polaris Spaceplanes already imagines commercial flights of its Aurora in 2026 or 2027.
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