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Fraser
2003-Aug-22, 06:36 PM
SUMMARY: Brazil is set to become the first Latin American country to join the space age when its Alcantara launch base sends up its first rocket shortly. Launching rockets has been a dream for the Brazilian government for over 25 years - rockets had to be destroyed after liftoff in 1997 and 1999 when they experienced technical glitches. The rocket is called the "Satellite Launch Vehicle", and it's carrying two small satellites to help demonstrate the capabilities of the system. If successful, Alcantara could become a serious contender because it's located closer to the Earth's equator than any other launch facility and can take advantage of the Earth's rotation to help get payloads into space.


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tmayes
2003-Aug-22, 06:50 PM
I hope they succeed good luck to brazil.

Fraser
2003-Aug-22, 08:39 PM
Bad news. The rocket was destroyed today in an accident. Here's a link to the story:

http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/space/08/22/b...reut/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/space/08/22/brazil.rocket.reut/index.html)

galileogalilei
2003-Aug-22, 08:59 PM
I read that bad news on bbcnews.com - it's an awful blow to Brazil - that's the third time one of their rockets has crashed and failed.