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Topaze VE111L
Part of Agate Family
French test vehicle. The VE111L (long) used the stretched NA803 motor. The VE111L was successfully demonstrated the thrust vectoring concept over a longer burn period. The last two flights were VE111LG configuration, equipped with all-up inertial navigation systems.

Status: Retired 1965. First Launch: 1963-12-21. Last Launch: 1965-05-21. Number: 4 . Payload: 360 kg (790 lb). Thrust: 147.00 kN (33,046 lbf). Gross mass: 3,434 kg (7,570 lb). Height: 7.90 m (25.90 ft). Diameter: 0.80 m (2.62 ft). Apogee: 110 km (60 mi).

Payload: 360 kg (790 lb) to a 110 km altitude.



Family: test vehicle. Country: France. Launch Sites: Hammaguira, Hammaguira Bacchus. Stages: Topaze VE111L-1, Soleil NA803. Agency: SEREB.

1963 December 21 - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Bacchus. LV Family: Agate. Launch Vehicle: Topaze VE111L.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: ONERA. Apogee: 110 km (60 mi).

1964 March 11 - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Bacchus. LV Family: Agate. Launch Vehicle: Topaze VE111L.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: ONERA. Apogee: 110 km (60 mi).

1965 May 18 - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Bacchus. LV Family: Agate. Launch Vehicle: Topaze VE111L.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: ONERA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1965 May 21 - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Bacchus. LV Family: Agate. Launch Vehicle: Topaze VE111L.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: ONERA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).


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