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VLS
Part of Sonda Family
VLS Launch Vehicle
VLS Launch Vehicle
Brazilian VLS space launcher in its launch complex at Alcantara.
Brazilian satellite launcher building on successful family of sounding rockets.

AKA: Veiculo Lancador de Satelites. Status: Active. Payload: 380 kg (830 lb). Thrust: 1,048.90 kN (235,802 lbf). Gross mass: 49,609 kg (109,369 lb). Height: 19.50 m (63.90 ft). Diameter: 1.00 m (3.20 ft). Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

LEO Payload: 380 kg (830 lb) to a 200 km orbit at 5.00 degrees. Payload: 80 kg (176 lb) to a 800 km SSO. Development Cost $: 300.000 million in 1999 dollars. Flyaway Unit Cost 1985$: 8.000 million in 1990 dollars.

Stage Data - VLS

  • Stage 0. 4 x VLS-0. Gross Mass: 8,550 kg (18,840 lb). Empty Mass: 1,328 kg (2,927 lb). Thrust (vac): 303.000 kN (68,117 lbf). Isp: 260 sec. Burn time: 59 sec. Isp(sl): 225 sec. Diameter: 1.00 m (3.20 ft). Span: 1.00 m (3.20 ft). Length: 9.00 m (29.50 ft). Propellants: Solid. No Engines: 1. Engine: S-43. Other designations: Veiculo Lancador de Satelites. Status: In production.
  • Stage 1. 1 x VLS-1. Gross Mass: 8,720 kg (19,220 lb). Empty Mass: 1,536 kg (3,386 lb). Thrust (vac): 320.600 kN (72,074 lbf). Isp: 277 sec. Burn time: 58 sec. Isp(sl): 170 sec. Diameter: 1.00 m (3.20 ft). Span: 1.00 m (3.20 ft). Length: 8.10 m (26.50 ft). Propellants: Solid. No Engines: 1. Engine: S-43TM. Other designations: Veiculo Lancador de Satelites. Status: In production.
  • Stage 2. 1 x VLS-2. Gross Mass: 5,664 kg (12,486 lb). Empty Mass: 1,212 kg (2,672 lb). Thrust (vac): 208.390 kN (46,848 lbf). Isp: 275 sec. Burn time: 56 sec. Isp(sl): 204 sec. Diameter: 1.00 m (3.20 ft). Span: 1.00 m (3.20 ft). Length: 5.80 m (19.00 ft). Propellants: Solid. No Engines: 1. Engine: S-40TM. Other designations: Veiculo Lancador de Satelites. Status: In production.
  • Stage 3. 1 x VLS-3. Gross Mass: 1,025 kg (2,259 lb). Empty Mass: 190 kg (410 lb). Thrust (vac): 33.240 kN (7,473 lbf). Isp: 282 sec. Burn time: 68 sec. Isp(sl): 0.0000 sec. Diameter: 1.00 m (3.20 ft). Span: 1.00 m (3.20 ft). Length: 1.80 m (5.90 ft). Propellants: Solid. No Engines: 1. Engine: S-44. Other designations: Veiculo Lancador de Satelites. Status: In production.

Family: all-solid, orbital launch vehicle. Country: Brazil. Spacecraft: SCD, SACI, SATEC, Unosat. Stages: S-43, S-44, S-40TM, S-43TM. Agency: INPE. More at: 11967. Bibliography: 2, 4, 42, 455, 552, 554, 61.



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