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VLS-1 first brazlian rocket

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VLS-1 development started in 1984, after the first launch of the Sonda IV rocket. To date, three prototypes have been built and two launches attempted, departing from the Alcântara Launch Center. During the V1 and V2 prototype launches (VLS-1 V1 and VLS-1 V2) technical problems prevented mission success, but allowed the testing of several vehicle components. The V3 prototype exploded on the launch pad on 22 August 2003, two days before its intended launch date. The 2003 Alcântara VLS accident caused a considerable setback to the Brazilian space program. The V4 prototype was expected to be launched in 2016.[5]

The project was terminated by Brazilian Space Agency in 2016.[6]

The Departamento de Ciência e Tecnologia Aeroespacial (DCTA) (Department of Aerospace Science and Technology) and the Agência Espacial Brasileira (AEB) (Brazilian Space Agency) informed on public audience before the VLS-1 project ended by the Senado Federal (Federal Senate) on February 16, 2016.


Ag2=bossters eject
Ag4= last stage separtion
Ag6=satelite launch

General Characteristics

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  • Wingspan 17.2ft (5.3m)
  • Length 17.2ft (5.3m)
  • Height 53.5ft (16.3m)
  • Empty Weight 46,786lbs (21,221kg)
  • Loaded Weight 72,023lbs (32,669kg)


  • Power/Weight Ratio 2.433
  • Wing Loading 439,839.3lbs/ft2 (2,147,483.6kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 0.0ft2 (0.0m2)
  • Drag Points 30852


  • Number of Parts 54
  • Control Surfaces 0
  • Performance Cost 435