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Vesta
French LRBA Nitric acid/Turpentine sounding rocket. In the late 1950's LRBA studied several possible configurations for a 'Super Veronique' sounding rocket, with engines of 80 to 250 kN to carry a payload of 100 kg up to 600 km altitude. In 1962 CNES ordered the Vesta configuration. Static tests in 1964 led to a modest series of launches in 1965-1969.

Status: Retired 1969. First Launch: 1965-10-15. Last Launch: 1969-11-08. Number: 5 . Payload: 500 kg (1,100 lb). Thrust: 140.00 kN (31,470 lbf). Gross mass: 5,700 kg (12,500 lb). Burn time: 56 s. Height: 10.20 m (33.40 ft). Diameter: 1.00 m (3.20 ft). Apogee: 400 km (240 mi).

Payload: 500 kg (1,100 lb) to a 400 km altitude. Boost Propulsion: Nitric acid/turpentine.



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Vesta-1 Nitric acid/Turpentine rocket stage. 140.00 kN (31,473 lbf) thrust. Mass 5,000 kg (11,023 lb).

Country: France. Launch Sites: Hammaguira, Hammaguira Blandine, Kourou, Kourou ALFS. Stages: Vesta-1. Agency: LRBA.

1965 October 15 - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Blandine. Launch Vehicle: Vesta.
  • FU-123 test - . Nation: France. Agency: CNES. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1965 October 25 - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Blandine. Launch Vehicle: Vesta.
  • FU-123 test - . Nation: France. Agency: CNES. Apogee: 105 km (65 mi).

1967 March 7 - . 09:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Blandine. Launch Vehicle: Vesta.
  • FU-147 Biological mission - . Nation: France. Agency: CNES. Apogee: 243 km (150 mi).

1967 March 13 - . 09:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Blandine. Launch Vehicle: Vesta.
  • FU-147 Biological (Macaca) Biological mission - . Nation: France. Agency: CNES. Apogee: 234 km (145 mi).

1969 November 8 - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ALFS. Launch Vehicle: Vesta.
  • FU-189 Star pt test - . Nation: France. Agency: CNES. Apogee: 204 km (126 mi).


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