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VS-30


Brazilian sounding rocket. Single stage suborbital launch vehicle.

Failures: 1. First Fail Date: 2002-12-01. Last Fail Date: 2002-12-01.

Status: Active.
Gross mass: 1,400 kg (3,000 lb).
Height: 5.00 m (16.40 ft).
Diameter: 0.56 m (1.83 ft).
Thrust: 102.00 kN (22,930 lbf).
Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).
First Launch: 1997.04.28.
Last Launch: 2007.12.16.
Number: 7 .

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Associated Countries
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Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • INPE Brazilian agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espacias, Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Andoya Andoya Rocket Range (ARR) is the world's northernmost permanent launch facility for sounding rockets and scientific balloons and is responsible for all scientific-related balloon and rocket operations in Norwegian territory. ARR provides complete services for launch, operations, data acquisition, recovery and ground instrumentation support. The range has conducted more than 650 rocket launches and hosted scientists and engineers from more than 70 institutes and universities. More...
  • Natal Sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 233 launches from 1965 to 2007, reaching up to 1100 kilometers altitude. More...
  • Alcantara Sounding rocket and orbital launch site. Used for 53 known launches from 1990 to 2007. The launch complex for Brazil's indigenous VLS orbital booster was located here. More...

Associated Stages
  • S-30 Solid rocket stage. 102.00 kN (22,931 lbf) thrust. Mass 1,200 kg (2,646 lb). More...

VS-30 Chronology


1997 April 28 - . 16:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Alcantara. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: VS-30. LV Configuration: VS-30 XV-01.
  • DLR AL-VS30-223 test - . Nation: Germany. Agency: INPE; DLR. Apogee: 128 km (79 mi).

1997 October 12 - . 01:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: VS-30. LV Configuration: VS-30 XV-02 RONALD.
  • DLR AL-VS30-226 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: INPE; DLR. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1998 January 31 - . 23:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: VS-30. LV Configuration: VS-30 XV-03 RONALD 2.
  • DLR AL-VS30-229 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: INPE; DLR. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1999 March 15 - . 09:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Alcantara. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: VS-30. LV Configuration: VS-30 XV-04.
  • Operacao San Marcos Microgravity mission - . Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 128 km (79 mi).

2000 February 6 - . 16:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Alcantara. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: VS-30. LV Configuration: VS-30 XV-05.
  • Lencois Maranhenses Microgravity mission - . Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 148 km (91 mi).

2002 December 1 - . 12:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Alcantara. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: VS-30. LV Configuration: VS-30 XV-06. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Cuma Microgravity mission - . Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 145 km (90 mi).

2007 December 16 - . 09:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: VS-30.
  • Angicos GPS technology mission - . Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

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