Gamma Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015 Total Production: ? Also Known As:VLS-1? Origin:Brazil
Parent System:Cruzeiro do Sul Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015 Total Production: ? Family Members:Delta and Epsilon
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Description: The Cruzeiro do Sul (Southern Cross) is a family of environment-friendly space launch vehicles being developed by Brazil with technical assistance from Russia. The three-stage Cruzeiro do Sul rockets will leverage technologies developed under the Russia's Angara space launch system such as the RD-191 liquid propellant engine at the first stage. The upper stage motor will be the same employed on Molniya launcher. The third stage will utilize a solid propellant booster developed by Brazil for upgraded VLS-1 rockets. The new space vehicle family might be ready for its first commercial launch by 2015.
The Cruzeiro do Sul Gamma is a lightweight class three-stage launch vehicle designed to put a 1 ton payload into Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) from near-equatorial location in Alcantara launch site.
Number of Stages: 3 Weight Payload to GEO: 1 ton (2,205 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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