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BigJim
2003-Aug-22, 08:42 PM
For the third time, Brazil has had its rocket which would have carried out its first space launch explode.

Here (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=564&ncid=564&e=1&u=/nm/20030822/ts_nm/brazil_space_dc) is the Yahoo article. Of course there is some BA.



The base is close to the Equator, allowing rockets to use less fuel to reach orbit and carry larger payloads because they catch a ride on the Earth's centrifugal forces.

Rockets launch closer to the equator because they get a bigger "kick" from the Earth's rotation there. Since the Earth spins faster at the equator, it adds more velocity to the rocket and hence there is less fuel needed to reach orbital velocity, and as a result you can send a larger payload for the same amount of fuel. The article uses the imaginary centrifugal forces, which are not exactly accurate iin this case.

BigJim
2003-Aug-22, 11:35 PM
Here is the space.com article. (http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/brazil_failure_030822.html) People were killed but there is no number as of yet.

In addition to this fiasco for Brazil, they announced last year that they are dropping out of the Space Station project (http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/launches/iss_brazil_020816.html). There goes their experiment pallet.

gethen
2003-Aug-23, 12:26 AM
Have you seen
this thread (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=106801#106801) Big Jim?

Pinemarten
2003-Aug-23, 01:56 AM
My thoughts go out to their friends and families.
I hope they are remembered on the same level as others that have perished in manned missions, or in countries where space travel is more common.