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VS-30 EPL-ME

VS-30 EPL-ME [IAE]

The VS-30 EPL-ME is a Brazilian sounding rocket to test liquid propulsion. It consists of a VS-30 rocket as first stage combined with the EPL-ME (Estágio Propulsivo a Propelente Líquido) liquid fueled upper stage.

Orbital Engineering and IAE manufactured the liquid propellant stage, which uses a combination of ethanol and liquid oxygen. The rocket stands 10.8 m in height and weighs 1.8 t. The Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) provided financial support for the project, as well as support for a joint Federal University of Rio Grande North (UFRN) and IAE GPS system.

Version Stage 1 Stage 2
VS-30 EPL-ME S-30 EPL-ME / L-5
Nr TypeNr  Vehicle         Serial   Date              LS         Payload

63    1    VS-30 EPL-ME    V13      01.09.2014  *     Al         EPL-ME


Launch sites:

Al  = Alcantara Space Center (CLA), Brazil Brazil