Brazil Successfully Tests S50 Rocket Engine for Microsat Launcher

S50 test team (Credit: Brazilian Space Agency)

This is an important step for the Brazilian Space Program, which will now advance in the construction of its Microsatellite Launch Vehicle (VLM) and VS-50.

BRASILIA, Brazil (AEB PR) — The test of the S50, which took place this Friday (1st), at a unit of the Institute of Aeronautics and Space (IAE), was a success. The engineers present were very happy with the results. Among the various authorities were the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), Marcos Pontes, the president of the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), Carlos Moura, the director of the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology (DCTA), Lieutenant Brigadier from the air Hudson Costa Potiguara, the director of the Aeronautics and Space Institute (IAE), brigadier air O`Donnell, and the president of the Aerospace Industries Association of Brazil (AIAB), Julio Shidara, as well as representatives of the national industry, for middle of Avibrás.

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Brazil Plans Launch of Brazilian Orbital Rocket from Brazilian Soil in 2022

The president of Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) said on Sunday that Brazil plans a launch a domestically-produced orbital rocket within two years, according to a news release on the agency’s website.

“We are working on the development of a more powerful engine, which is the S50, a project carried out in partnership with the national industry in São José dos Campos (SP). It incorporates a number of technological advances. We intend to start testing the engine in 2021 and make it fly by 2022,” Carlos Moura said.

Moura said launching a satellite into orbit on a Brazilian rocket from Brazilian soil is the space agency’s biggest challenge.

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Agreement Signed for Brazilian/German Microsat Launcher

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São José dos Campos, Brazil (IAE PR) –
– The project for development of Microsatellite Launch Vehicle  (VLM) Brazilian took an important step in recent weeks, with the signing of the agreement between the FUNCATE (Science Foundation, Applications and Space Technology) and the IAE/DCTA (Institute of Aeronautics and Space ).

The VLM-1, the result of a partnership between the IAE/DCTA and the German Space Agency (DLR), aims to develop a rocket for the launch of space payloads or microsatellites (150 kg) in equatorial and polar orbits or re-entry, with three stages of solid rocket motors in its basic configuration: two stages with the S50 engine with about 12 tons of propellant and an orbital stage with the S44 engine.

Other vehicle configurations may employ a third stage in most solid propellant or liquid propellant.The VLM must meet an important and growing demand for the release of CubeSats and microsatellites.  This agreement is valid for four years and establishes a long-term partnership between FUNCATE and the DCTA/IAE.











Will Sea Launch End Up in Brazil?

sea_launch_zenitRussia’s efforts to find a new home for its failure-prone Sea Launch company has taken officials to rising South American power — and charter BRICS member — Brazil.

That’s the word from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin anyway.

“A quite remarkable dialogue at the level of experts is currently in progress; possibly, the idea may take shape within the BRICS group, or in our bilateral relations with Brazil, of carrying out such joint launches and furnishing assistance to Brazil in developing its space industry and making its own spacecraft,” he said, adding that Brazil already had its own space site close to the ocean that would fit in well with such tasks.
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