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Topaze VE111
Part of Agate Family
Topaze was the first guided rocket in the French 'precious stones' series. As such it was the first launched from a pad rather than a ramp. The initial model was the VE111C (short) with the NA802 motor.

Status: Retired 1964. First Launch: 1962-12-19. Last Launch: 1964-12-15. Number: 10 . Payload: 410 kg (900 lb). Thrust: 120.00 kN (26,970 lbf). Gross mass: 2,900 kg (6,300 lb). Height: 7.07 m (23.19 ft). Diameter: 0.80 m (2.62 ft). Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

Six successful VE111C flights successfully demonstrated the concept. The remaining four VE111C's were flown in the VE111CI version to demonstrate recovery from purposely-induced unstable conditions for the MSBS SLBM.

Payload: 410 kg (900 lb) to a 80 km altitude.



Family: test vehicle. Country: France. Launch Sites: Hammaguira, Hammaguira Bacchus. Stages: Topaze VE111-1, Soleil Mammouth. Agency: SEREB.

1962 December 19 - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Bacchus. LV Family: Agate. Launch Vehicle: Topaze VE111.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: ONERA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1963 March 22 - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Bacchus. LV Family: Agate. Launch Vehicle: Topaze VE111.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: ONERA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1963 March 28 - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Bacchus. LV Family: Agate. Launch Vehicle: Topaze VE111.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: ONERA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1963 June 21 - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Bacchus. LV Family: Agate. Launch Vehicle: Topaze VE111.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: ONERA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1963 June 27 - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Bacchus. LV Family: Agate. Launch Vehicle: Topaze VE111.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: ONERA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1963 October 24 - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Bacchus. LV Family: Agate. Launch Vehicle: Topaze VE111.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: ONERA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1964 June 4 - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Bacchus. LV Family: Agate. Launch Vehicle: Topaze VE111.
  • MSBS test - . Nation: France. Agency: ONERA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi). MSBS stability recovery test.

1964 October 21 - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Bacchus. LV Family: Agate. Launch Vehicle: Topaze VE111.
  • MSBS test - . Nation: France. Agency: ONERA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi). MSBS stability recovery test.

1964 December 11 - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Bacchus. LV Family: Agate. Launch Vehicle: Topaze VE111.
  • MSBS test - . Nation: France. Agency: ONERA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi). MSBS stability recovery test.

1964 December 15 - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Bacchus. LV Family: Agate. Launch Vehicle: Topaze VE111.
  • MSBS test - . Nation: France. Agency: ONERA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi). MSBS stability recovery test.


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