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VS-40


Brazilian sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x S-40TM + 1 x S-44

Status: Retired 1998.
Gross mass: 6,800 kg (14,900 lb).
Height: 9.50 m (31.10 ft).
Diameter: 1.01 m (3.31 ft).
Thrust: 190.00 kN (42,710 lbf).
Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).
First Launch: 1993.04.02.
Last Launch: 1998.03.21.
Number: 2 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • VLS Brazilian satellite launcher building on successful family of sounding rockets. More...

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
  • 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-40TM Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 5,664/1,212 kg. Thrust 208.39 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 275 seconds. More...
  • S-44 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 1,025/190 kg. Thrust 33.24 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 282 seconds. More...

VS-40 Chronology


1993 April 2 - . 10:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Alcantara. LV Family: VLS. Launch Vehicle: VS-40. LV Configuration: VS-40 PT-01.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Brazil. Agency: INPE. Apogee: 950 km (590 mi).

1998 March 21 - . Launch Site: Alcantara. LV Family: VLS. Launch Vehicle: VS-40.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Brazil. Agency: INPE. Apogee: 900 km (550 mi).

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