Brazil Launches Rocket Into Orbit

Brazil Launches Rocket Into Orbit

By Dialogo
December 14, 2010

I think it a good initiative on the part of Brazil, either way congratulations. Maybe in the future all of our South American countries will unite to reinforce our technology and not depend as much on other more powerful countries. It is good that Brazil has that level of development Hurray for Brazil, may this technological advancement it has reached be a benefit not only for the Brazilian people but for humanity and this way hunger, desertification and natural disasters can be fought with better tools, I have great respect for Brazil because it is like our older brother that is mature and balanced. Congratulations. It is excellent that Brazil is working in this area but we must embrace it carefully and with a lot of consideration.
Brazil on Sunday, December 12th, successfully launched a midsized unmanned rocket into space, with hundreds of kilograms (pounds) in cargo and experiments in tow, space officials here said.

Scientists from the Agencia Espacial Brasilena (AEB) said the VSB-3 rocket took off from the Alcantara Launch Center in northeast Brazil, reaching an altitude of some 242 kilometers (389 miles).

Officials said the rocket, designed by Brazilian and German scientists, carried some 400 kilograms (881 pounds) in cargo, as well as various micro-gravity experiments for several academic institutions.

The rocket soared for about 18 minutes before splashing down some 145 miles (233 kilometers) off Brazil’s Atlantic coast, where it was retrieved by the air force and marines.

Brazil aims to join China and Russia as a top emerging economy with its own space program.

The launch is seen as a major accomplishment for a program that has faced setbacks and tragedy over the years — including an August 2003 rocket accident at Alcantara that killed 21 Brazilian technicians and engineers.