BRASILIA, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Brazil successfully launched on Thursday its VSB-30 scientific research rocket from the Alcantara Launch Center, in the northeastern state of Maranhao.
The 12-meter rocked will fly for 20 minutes at an altitude of 280 km, during which it will conduct experiments on the behavior of materials at reduced gravity. At its apogee, the rocket will experience near-zero gravity for a little more than six minutes, then return to earth where it will be rescued from the sea.
Brazil's scientists have sent up nine experiments covering biotechnology, engineering, physics, nanotechnology and medicine.
Colonel Fausto Barbosa, from the launch base, said that they had improved launch security since 2003, when a craft exploded and killed 21 on the ground.