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Brazilian Space Agency

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Type: Astrophysics

SACI 2 (Satélite Científico 2) is a 60 kg scientific satellite (Scientific Applications Satellite) launched on the 11th December 1999 on the second flight of the Brazilian VLS-1. Failure of the launcher second stage prevented it from reaching orbit.


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Alcântara Launch Center, Federative Republic of Brazil

2 rockets have launched from Alcântara Launch Center, Federative Republic of Brazil.

VLS Pad, Alcântara Launch Center, Federative Republic of Brazil


VLS-1 – Department of Aerospace Science and Technology

  • Family: VLS
  • Length: 19.5 m
  • Diameter: 1.01 m
  • Launch Mass: 50 T
  • Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 120 kg

The VLS-1 was manufactured by Department of Aerospace Science and Technology with the first launch on 1997-11-02. VLS-1 has 0 successful launches and 2 failed launches with a total of 2 launches. he VLS-1 was the Brazilian Space Agency’s main satellite launch vehicle. The launch vehicle was to be capable of launching satellites into orbit. The launch site was located at the Alcântara Launch Center due to its proximity to the equator.


Brazilian Space Agency – AEB

  • Type: Government
  • Abbreviation: AEB
  • Administration: José Raimundo Coelho
  • Founded: 1961
  • Launchers: VLM | VLS
  • Spacecraft: None
  • Country: BRA

The Brazilian Space Agency is a space agency in South America. They work in partnership with the US and Russia aboard the ISS. It was previously operated by the military until 1994. They now operate largely in tandem with other nations. They run a spaceport and rocket launch site both in Brazil. They built the VLM small satellite launch system in tandem with Germany. The VLS-1 was intended to be a primary launch vehicle for the BSA, but it failed 3 times and was canceled. They have restarted work on the system in tandem with the Russian Space Agency.

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