VSB-30

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VSB-30
Lançamento do foguete brasileiro de médio porte VSB-30 V07 da Base de Alcântara.jpg
VSB-30 V07 rocket
Function Sounding rocket
Manufacturer Instituto de Aeronáutica e Espaço
Country of origin Brazil
Size
Height 12,6 m
Diameter 0.57 m
Mass 2,570 kg
Stages 2
Capacity
Payload to LEO 400 kg (270 km)
Launch history
Status Active
Launch sites Alcântara
Esrange
First flight 2004 October 23
First stage - S-31
Engines 1 Solid
Thrust 240.00 kN
Burn time 11 seconds
Fuel Solid
Second stage - S-30
Engines 1 Solid
Thrust 102.00 kN
Burn time 20 seconds
Fuel Solid
VSB-30 rocket assembly

VSB-30 - "Veículo de Sondagem Booster – 30" (Booster Sounding Vehicle) or "Foguete Suborbital VSB-30" is the designation of a Brazilian sounding rocket, which replaced the Skylark rocket at Esrange.

The VSB-30 is based on the VS-30 rocket (S-30 engine) with the addition of a booster stage (S-31 engine). Development started in 2000 in cooperation with DLR. The rocket can therefore carry a payload of 400 kg to an altitude of 270 km. It has a liftoff thrust of 240 kN and a total mass of 2570 kg. It has a diameter of 0.57 m and a length of 12.6 m.

VSB-30 was first launched on October 23rd, 2004 at Alcântara Launch Center. The first launch at Esrange took place on December 1st, 2005.

Flights[1][2][edit]

  • VSB-30 XV-01 - "Cajuana test" - 2004 October 23 - Apogee: 240 km
  • VSB-30 V02 -"TEXUS EML-1/TEXUS 42 Microgravity mission" - 2005 December 1 - Apogee: 263 km
  • VSB-30 V03 -"TEXUS 43 Microgravity mission" - 2006 May 10 - Apogee: 237 km
  • VSB-30 V04 -"Cuma II Microgravity mission" - 2007 July 19 - Apogee: 242 km
  • VSB-30 V05 -"DLR TEXUS 44 (EML-2)" - 2008 February 7 - Apogee: 264 km
  • VSB-30 V06 -"DLR TEXUS 45" - 2008 February 21 - Apogee: 270 km
  • VSB-30 V08 -"MASER 11" - 2008 May 15 - Apogee: 252 km
  • VSB-30 V09 -"TEXUS 46" - 2009 November 22
  • VSB-30 V10 -"TEXUS 47" - 2009 November 29
  • VSB-30 V07 -"MICROG 1A" - 2010 December 12 - Apogee: 242 km
  • VSB-30 V15 -"TEXUS 49" - 2011 March 29 - Apogee: 268 km
  • VSB-30 V14 -"TEXUS 48" - 2011 March 29 - Apogee: 268 km
  • VSB-30 V16 -"MASER 12" - 2012 February 13 - Apogee: 259 km[3]

Characteristics[edit]

VSB-30 configuration
  • Length (mm) 12600
  • Stages 2
  • Payload Mass (kg) 400
  • Diameter (mm) 570
  • Total takeoff mass (kg) 2570
  • Apogee (km) 270

Stages[edit]

S-30 solid rocket stage:

  • Mass 1,200 kg (2,646 lb)
  • Gross mass: 1,200 kg (2,600 lb)
  • Unfuelled mass: 341 kg (751 lb)
  • Height: 3.30 m (10.80 ft)
  • Diameter: 0.56 m (1.83 ft)
  • Thrust: 102.00 kN (22,930 lbf)
  • Burn time: 20 s

S-31 solid rocket stage.

  • Mass 900 kg (1,984 lb)
  • Gross mass: 900 kg (1,980 lb)
  • Unfuelled mass: 284 kg (626 lb)
  • Height: 3.20 m (10.40 ft)
  • Diameter: 0.56 m (1.83 ft)
  • Thrust: 240.00 kN (53,950 lbf)
  • Burn time: 11 s

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