More on VLS-1 launch

Allen Thomson (thomsona@netcom.com)
Sun, 2 Nov 1997 10:13:09 -0800 (PST)

The first VLS-1 launch is looking less and less like a complete
success.

  	  				 
   BRASILIA, Nov 2 [1997] (AFP)
   [EXCERPTS]
     Brazil destroyed a satellite-deployment rocket just 65 seconds 
   (eds: correct) after launching it Sunday when the rocket veered 
   off course, officials reported. 
   Engineers from the Brazilian Space Agency told Globo television  
   the rocket was destroyed by remote control at an altitude of 3,230 
   meters (10,659 feet) after one of the propulsion engines failed. 
   The Brazilian-made VLS-1 rocket plunged into the sea within a  
   protected area some two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the Alcantara 
   space station, in northeastern Maranahao state, officials said...
   Each one of Brazil's VLS-1 rocket costs about 6.5 million  
   dollars -- a bargain compared to the 15 million dollars of the 
   Pegasus, space agency officials said. 
   The VLS-1 is the first of four prototypes to be tested by the  
   Brazilian Space Agency and the Institute for Space Research. The 
   development of the rocket took eight years and cost of some 280 
   million dollars.