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  1. Brazilian Space Agency has followed a politc of technological development together with more advanced space programs. Initially, it depended heavily on the United States, but after facing their difficulties in technology transfers, Brazil branched out, working with other nations, including China, India, Germany, Russia and Ukraine. In December 2020, NASA signed a collaboration agreement with AEB to participate in the Artemis program, with a Brazilian lunar robot as a resource. Details Abbreviation: AEB Formed: 10 February 1994 Headquarters: Brasília, Distrito Federal Administrator: Minister of Science and Technology: Carlos Augusto Teixeira de Moura Marcos Cesar Pontes Primary Spaceport: Alcântara Launch Center Owner: Government Of Brazil Annual budget: R$179.334 million / US$46.702 million (2019) Website: http://www.aeb.gov.br/ Language: Portuguese (NOT SPANISH) Rockets: Sonda-1 Not in use Sounding rocket, Solid Rocket Sonda-2 Not in use Sounding rocket, Solid Rocket Sonda-3 Not in use Sounding rocket, Solid Rocket Sonda-4 Not in use Sounding rocket, Solid Rocket VSB-30 Active Sounding rocket, Solid Rocket, The VSB-30 is based on the VS-30 rocket (S-30 engine) with the addition of a booster stage. VS-30 Active Sounding rocket, Solid Rocket VS-40 Active Sounding rocket, Solid Rocket VS-50 In development Sounding rocket, Solid Rocket VLM In development Micro-satellite launcher, Cooperation with Germany VLS-1 Canceled Solid Rocket, Orbital launch satellite vehicle/Liquid Rocket VLS-1V4 In development After the explosion of the last rocket at the launch base, Brazil recreated a fully revised rocket, Solid Rocket, Orbital launch satellite vehicle. Sonda-IIIA Not in use More modern version of sonda-III, Sounding rocket, Solid Rocket VS-43 Canceled More modern version of VS-40, Souding Rocket, Liquid Fuel VLM: VLS-1: Sonda-1: VS-40: Cruzeiro do Sul Program: The Cruzeiro do Sul Program is a project that initially provided for the construction of five variants of satellite launcher rockets under the Brazilian space program. The program will be conducted jointly by the General Aerospace Technology Command and the Brazilian Space Agency, in partnership with Russia. However, currently the project is practically frozen. Alcantara accident (some who say it was sabotage of the USA): Satellites: Data Collection Satellites (SCD-1 and SCD-2): China-Brazil Earth Resource Satellites (CBERS): SGDC: a space telecommunications mission Amazonia-1, Successful launch on the 28th of February at 02:40 a.m (Brasilia time)!, Cooperation with India Engines: S-10-1 solid rocket engine.[28] Used on Sonda 1. Thrust: 27 kN. S-10-2 solid rocket engine.[29] Used on Sonda 1. Thrust: 4.20 kN, burn time: 32 s. S-20 Avibras solid rocket engine.[30] Used on Sonda 2 and Sonda 3. Thrust:36 kN S-23 Avibrassolid rocket engine.[31] Used on Sonda 3M1. Thrust:18 kN S-30 IAE solid rocket engine.[32] Used on Sonda 3, Sonda 3M1, Sonda 4, VS-30, VS-30/Orion and VSB-30. Thrust: 20.490 kN S-31 IAE solid rocket engine.[33] Used on VSB-30. Thrust: 240 kN S-40TM IAE solid rocket engine.[34] Used on VLS-R1, VS-40, VLS-1 and VLM-1. Thrust: 208.4 kN, isp=272s. S-43 IAE solid rocket engine.[35] Used on Sonda 4, VLS-R1 and VLS-1. Thrust: 303 kN, isp=265s S-43TM IAE solid rocket engine.[36] Used on VLS-R1, VLS-1 and VLM. Thrust: 321.7 kN, isp=276s S-44 IAE solid rocket engine.[37] Used on VLS-R1, VS-40, VLS-1 and VLM-1. Thrust:33.24 kN, isp=282s L5 (Estágio Líquido Propulsivo (EPL)) liquid fuel rocket engine. Tested on VS-30 and projected for use on VLS-Alfa.[38] L15 liquid fuel rocket engine. Projected for use on VS-15.[39] Thrust: 15 kN L75 liquid fuel rocket engine, similar to the Russian RD-0109.[40] Projected for use on VLS-Alfa, VLS-Beta, VLS-Omega, VLS-Gama and VLS-Epsilon. Thrust: 75 kN S-50 IAE solid rocket engine. Projected for use on VLM-1 and VS-50.[38][41] L1500 liquid fuel rocket engine.[40] Used on VLS-Beta, VLS-Omega, VLS-Gama and VLS-Epsilon. Thrust: 1500 kN Human spaceflight: Marcos Cesar Pontes Current Minister of Science and Technology (cooperation with NASA, ISS) Launch Centers: Alcântara Lauch Center: (CLA): CLA is located at latitude 2°18' south, and originally had an area of 620 km², in the municipality of Alcântara, 32 km from São Luís, capital of the Brazilian state of Maranhão. The base has: Engine preparation building Payload preparation building (scientific/technological experiments or satellites) Liquid propellant loading building Support buildings (where the rocket can be stored) Launch Platforms (where the rocket is launched) Advanced Control Center (bunker). Air base with paved and signposted airstrip, and aircraft yard. Barreira do Inferno Launch Center (CLBI): or simply Hell's Barrier is a Brazilian Air Force base for rocket launches. Founded in 1965, it became the first rocket air base in South America. [1] It is located on the Rota do Sol, in the municipality of Parnamirim, 12 km from Natal, capital of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte. It focuses on small and medium-sized rocket launch operations. The installation brought to Natal the nickname of "Space Capital of Brazil" The current activities of the base are: Tracking the Ariane launcher vehicle, in conjunction with the French Space Center in (Kourou, French Guiana), in accordance with the established in an agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA). Continuation of tests and experiments of interest of the Air Force Command. Provision of operational means for the benefit of experiments of interest to the Brazilian Navy and Army, aiming, in addition to the participation of projects of interest to the Brazilian Air Force, to increase cooperation between the Armed Forces Sale of suborbital rocket launch and tracking services to national and foreign organizations, making operational means available to the international scientific community for conducting space operations, especially those related to research and monitoring of the environment, mainly through the observation of the atmosphere. As is the EXAMETNET project that was directed to the study of the atmosphere in the range between 30 and 60 km of altitude. Full list of satellites: Objetos Espaciais Brasileiros — Português (Brasil) (www.gov.br) . Fonts: Página Inicial — Português (Brasil) (www.gov.br) / Brazilian Space Agency - Wikipedia
  2. Generally speaking, how realistic and accurate is the game compared to real life in designing vehicles for travel in space? I know this sounds like a dumb question and I know there are funny little characters as Kerbal people but I've just gotten started as an approach to better understanding our space programs through the years beginning in 1957
  3. EXCITING NEWS from Australia! Today at the International Astronautical Conference (IAC) in Adelaide, our government announced the creation of our very own space agency (different sites have named it different things) Maybe it isn't that exciting but it is for someone who is currently wrapping up Uni Apps and looking at future job prospects. Plus we already have a long history of collaboration in space. So come on down, pledge allegence to the outback, stay safe in our urban quarenteen centres and crack open a cold one. Let the SPACE Boom begin! (Also in slightly less exciting news, that same government also announced two hours later that Aus was going to have a gas shortage of 1300 PETRAJOULES heading into 2018 :-( )
  4. In much the same spirit of @Bottle Rocketeer 500's rather-popular "Doing It Orion Style" challenge, I decided to put together a similar challenge featuring sequential missions, building up from the launch of the Falcon 1 through the present and beyond. But, since Elon also owns Tesla, some steps in the challenge will include building all-electric vehicles to match the Model X, the Model S, and the Model 3. To add variety to the challenge, I'm also going to include planned-but-never-flown configurations like Falcon 1e and Falcon 5. For each mission, I'll do my best to provide a set of mission requirements which are specific enough to make it interesting and challenging but not so specific as to make it arbitrary or time-consuming. Missions are optional; you can choose a single one, skip around, or do them all one by one in sequence. Possible missions (I won't do all these but it's a sampling of possibilities based on demand): Falcon 1 Falcon 1e Tesla Roadster Falcon 5 Falcon 5R Falcon Air Tesla Model S Falcon 9v1.0 Dragon 1 Falcon 9v1.0 Dragon 1 + comsat, engine-out Falcon 9v1.1 Cargo (polar, soft splashdown) Falcon 9v1.1 Cargo to KTO Falcon 9R Dragon (soft splashdown) Falcon 9R Cargo to Kerbin Escape (soft splashdown) Tesla Model X Dragon 2 launch abort test Falcon 9R Dragon (ASDS attempt) Falcon 9 FT Cargo (RTLS landing) Falcon 9 FT Cargo GTO (ASDS attempt) Falcon 9 FT Dragon (ASDS landing) Falcon 9 FT expendable (fairing recovery) Falcon 9 FT with X-47B Tesla Model 3 Falcon Heavy Demo Falcon 9 Block 5 with Dragon 2 Dragon 2 max-Q abort Falcon Heavy Constellation Falcon 9 Crew Falcon Heavy: Grey Dragon Falcon Heavy: Red Dragon If there's some interest, I'll get started on the requirements for the first few missions! General rules: Tweakscale is allowed Readout mods are allowed Piloting mods are not allowed Unbreakable Joints and No Crash Damage are allowed for propulsive landing attempts Part mods which alter tankage ratios or engine performance are not allowed No reaction control wheels are allowed You must use the same engine for all first stages, so plan accordingly. The engine you choose will start with low thrust and be uprated over time. Scoring is based on lowest LV dry mass. EDIT: Missions below!
  5. This is a story line worked on by my friend and I worked on... He did everything here, I did the rest, coming soon... HERE IT IS!!
  6. I am very happy to be aboard and am looking forward to learning all I can about the Kerbal Space program. Thanks for the new ability!
  7. Ever wonder how the Kerbal Space Program began? How it's gotten to what it is today? Well here you go, The KSP Story The Hornet Program: Part 1 Year 1: Day 1 Wernher Von Kerman was overlooking the production of the Hornet Mk1 suborbital rocket. The last bolt was being tightened on the nosecone of the tall rocket. It had no stability or parachutes so whatever happened to it would be revealed during the actual flight. The engineer Mark Kerman tightened the bolt. Wernher smiled to himself as the rest of the building cheered. The rocket still had yet to be put on the transporter and carried to the launchpad. A crane lowered down from the high ceiling of the VAB. A claw clamped around the top of the rocket and hoisted it skywards. Two huge doors opened up on the south side of the building. A giant crawler transporter drove slowly forward until it reached the rocket. It positioned itself under the Hornet Mk1 as the crane lowered itself down onto the crawler. A swarm of engineers started to raise launch clamps to keep the Hornet Mk1 steady before launch. Later The crawler transporter positioned itself on the launchpad. A crane on the transporter lowered the Hornet Mk1 and the clamps right in the center of the launchpad. The rocket was ready for launch! Gene Kerman and the rest of the launch crew observed from Mission control. Tentions rose all throughout the KSC. Gene Kerman began the countdown, "10... 9... 8... 7... 6... 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... liftoff!"
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