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.
Brazil has been working with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) develop the Veículo Lançador de Microssatélites 1 (VLM-1) booster and the S-50 engine that will power the rocket’s first two stages.
The three-stage VLM-1 will be capable of launching 150 kg (330.7 lb) into a 300-km (186.4-mile) orbit. Flights will be conducted from the Alcantara Launch Center, which is located on Brazil’s northern Atlantic coast.
VLM’1’s first two stages will each be powered by a single S-50 motor. The third stage will be powered by a single S-44 solid-fuel motor that is ...