VSB-30 SOUNDING ROCKET: HISTORY OF FLIGHT PERFORMANCE. DOI: 10.5028/jatm.2011.03032211

Alexandre Garcia, Sidney Servulo Cunha Yamanaka, Alexandre Nogueira Barbosa, Francisco Carlos Parquet Bizarria, Wolfgang Jung, Frank Scheuerpflug

Abstract


The VSB-30 vehicle is a two-stage, unguided, rail launched sounding rocket, consisting of two solid propellant motors, payload, with recovery and service system. By the end of 2010, ten vehicles had already been launched, three from Brazil (Alctara) and seven from Sweden (Esrange). The objective of this paper is to give an overview of the main characteristics of the first ten flights of the VSB-30, with emphasis on performance and trajectory data. The circular 3? dispersion area for payload impact point has around 50 km of radius. In most launchings of such vehicle, the impact of the payload fell within 2 sigma. This provides the possibility for further studies to decrease the area of dispersion from the impact point.

Keywords


VSB-30, Sounding rocket, Trajectory, Performance.

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