VS-40

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VS-40 (Foguete Suborbital VS-40)
Foguete VS 40.jpg
VS-40 rocket on display in Brasília
Function Sounding rocket
Manufacturer Instituto de Aeronáutica e Espaço
Country of origin Brazil
Size
Height 9.50 m (31.10 ft)
Diameter 1.01 m (3.31 ft)
Mass 6,800 kg (14,900 lb)
Stages 2
Capacity
Payload to LEO 500 kg (650 km)
Launch history
Status Active
Launch sites Centro de Lançamento de Alcântara, Andøya Rocket Range, Centro de Lançamento da Barreira do Inferno
Total launches 3
Failures 1[1]
First flight 2 April 1993
First stage - S40TM
Engines 1 Solid
Thrust 208.39 kN (46,848 lbf)
Specific impulse 275 s (2.70 kN·s/kg)
Burn time 56 seconds
Fuel Solid
Second stage - S44M
Engines 1 Solid
Thrust 33.24 kN
Specific impulse 282 s
Burn time 68 seconds
Fuel Solid

The VS-40 (Foguete Suborbital VS-40) is a Brazilian sounding rocket using solid fuel, stabilized aerodynamically, distributed between the first stage S40TM (4,200 kg) engine and the second stage S44M (810 kg) engine.[2][3] This configuration corresponds to the upper stages of the VLS-1 rocket.

Flights[4][edit]

  • VS-40 PT-01 - "Operação Santa Maria" - 1993/04/02 - Qualifying flight for the S44 engine. 760 seconds in micro-gravity.
  • VS-40 PT-02 - "Operação Livramento" - 1998/03/21 - VAP-1 (Fokker) payload.
  • VS-40M / SHEFEX II - 2012/06/22[5][6] - SHEFEX (Sharp Edge Flight Experiment) II payload.
  • VS-40M / V03 - "Operação São Lourenço" - 2015/11/13 - SARA - Satélite de Reentrada Atmosférica (Atmospheric Reentry Satellite) Suborbital 1 [7][8][9] - Failure (exploded on pad)[10]
  • VS-40 - in development - SARA Suborbital 2

Characteristics[edit]

VS-40
  • Length (mm) 6725
  • Payload Mass (kg) 500
  • Diameter (mm) 1000
  • Total takeoff mass (kg) 6,737
  • Mass of propellant (kg) 5,054
  • Structural mass (kg) 1,028
  • Apogee (km) 650
  • Microgravity time (s) 760

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