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VLS Launch Vehicle
VLS Launch Vehicle - Brazilian VLS space launcher in its launch complex at Alcantara.

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Family: Miscellany. Country: Brazil. Status: Development. Other Designations: Veiculo Lancador de Satelites.

Brazilian satellite launcher building on successful family of sounding rockets.


Specifications

Launches: 2. Failures: 2. Success Rate: 0.00% pct. First Launch Date: 02 November 1997. Last Launch Date: 11 December 1999. LEO Payload: 380 kg. to: 200 km Orbit. at: 5.0 degrees. Payload: 80 kg. to a: sun synchronous, 800 km, 98.6 deg orbital trajectory. Liftoff Thrust: 106,960 kgf. Total Mass: 49,609 kg. Core Diameter: 1.0 m. Total Length: 19.5 m. Development Cost $: 300.00 million. in 1990 average dollars. Flyaway Unit Cost $: 8.00 million. in 1999 unit dollars.


VLS Chronology


1997 Nov 2 - - 12:25 GMT. Launch Site: Alcantara . FAILURE: Destroyed during launch.
1999 Dec 11 - - 18:30 GMT. LV Configuration: VLS-1 s/n V02. Launch Site: Alcantara . FAILURE: Second stage failed to ignite; destroyed by range safety.

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