VLS (Brazilian rocket)
The first launch of the VLS ended in failure on Nov. 20, 1997, when it was destroyed 65 seconds into the flight. According to reports, the rocket was off course and tilting to one side because one of the four solid rocket propellant strap-on motors failed to ignite. In December 1999, a second VLS had to be destroyed just three minutes into the flight when the rocket again veered off course. A third qualification flight had been scheduled for Aug. 25, 2003; however, the rocket exploded on the pad three days before this during final preflight processing.
Related category ROCKETS, MISSILES, AND LAUNCH VEHICLES
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