Brazilian Astronaut Raring for Space Flight

    Brazil may have its first astronaut in space in 2006. It is expected that by then Brazilian Air Force lieutenant colonel Marcos Pontes, who has been in training in the US since 1998, will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS).

    According to the president of the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), Sergio Gaudenci, it is possible that Pontes will travel to the ISS on a Russian spacecraft.


    Meanwhile, Pontes says he is excited about the possibility of going into space in 2006 because it will coincide with the launch of a Brazilian rocket, as well as the centenary of the flight of Santos Dumont (the first public flight of a powered heavier-than-air aircraft).


    Brazil’s only astronaut, Marcos César Pontes, who has been in training at NASA since 1998, met president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on September of last year and told him that he is just waiting for his chance to go into space.


    Brazilian Rocket


    Brazil’s first probe missile prototype, the VBS-30, was launched October 23 at the Alcântara Launch Center, in Maranhão, northeastern Brazil.


    The launch is part of the Cajuana Operation and was considered a success by the teams from the Aeronautics Institute of the Aerospace Technical Center (CTA/IAE) and the German Space Center, which are responsible for the program.


    According to the press office of the Aeronautics Research Department, the missile remained for seven minutes in a microgravity environment.


    The first VBS-30 operational flights are scheduled for November, 2005, and May, 2006. Both will lift European experiments to an altitude of 250 kilometers.


    The VBS-30 contains various innovations in relation to other probe missiles previously produced in Brazil.


    It has a booster engine to accelerate takeoff. The prototype also possesses a system of bearings and fins (rollerons) to ensure greater precision in flight.


    Moreover, the VBS-30 carries equipment that makes it possible to accompany the missile’s trajectory by radar, telemetry, or GPS and gauge temperature and rotation.


    Agência Brasil

    Tags:

    • Show Comments (0)

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Ads

    You May Also Like

    Dilma Rousseff

    If Elected Brazilian President Rousseff Might Raise Taxes on Foreign Capital

    With Brazilian public opinion polls confirming the growing commanding gap between Brazil’s ruling coalition ...

    Argentina and Brazil presidents, Kirchner and Lula

    Brazil Rushes to Heal Wounds After WTO Talks Collapse in Geneva

    Brazil's Foreign Affairs minister Celso Amorim believes that Mercosur must do its utmost to ...

    Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Embrapa

    Brazil Uses Agriculture to Fight Poverty in Africa

    Representatives of Embrapa (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa AgrÀ­cola – Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) met ...

    Cuban leader Raul Castro

    Brazil & Friends Want the End of the US Cuban Embargo

    South American Defense ministers meeting in Santiago de Chile urged the United States on ...

    Brazil Steps Up Campaign to Make Sayad IADB’s Chief

    The Brazilian government persists in its campaign to get the economist, João Sayad, elected ...

    Sculptor Rosas Recreates Ancient World in Brazil

    Artisan Júlio César Nunes Rosas, 63 years of age, was born in a region ...

    Brazil’s Embraer Invites Americans to Pilot Its US$ 3 Million Phenom 100 Jet

    Brazilian jet maker Embraer is showing off a full-scale interior mock-up display of its ...

    US Pilot Association Urges Brazil to Promptly Free American Pilots

    The International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Association (IAOPA) has called on Brazilian ...

    Argentineans protest against Uruguayan pulp plant

    After Two Years Brazil Gets Involved in Argentina-Uruguay Mill Dispute

    Brazil expressed complacence on Monday at the resumption of dialogue between Argentina and Uruguay ...

    Brazil's Melissa sandal

    Iraqi Architect Puts Her Imprint on Brazil’s Hottest Sandal

    Melissa, the most popular sandal in Brazil,  will be "speaking" Arabic once again. In ...