Comision Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE) * Vehiculos space Nueva Generation (VENG)
Argentina has two orbital LV projects.
One is the hypergolic project form the civil space agency, CONAE, commonly
known as the TRONADOR Project, or more correctly ISCUL (Inyector Satelital
de Cargas Utiles y Livianas, or Satellite Injector of Useful and Light Payloads).
The second project is from the Ministry of Defense, it has a project to develop a "big" solid rocket AGUILA.
21 - On this day (local April 20) the launch of the VEX-5A was stopped after
during the successful flight, because the fuel supply was abruptly interrupted.
The rocket was fall back and explodes on ground. It is reported that the filling
consisted of: 1730kg of liquid oxygen, 994kg of kerosene, 50kg of
monomethylhydrazine and 95kg of nitric acid.
This would mean that the VEX-5A was a two-stage
2016, Nov. 22 - The VEX 5-A rocket test was suspended today for "technical" reasons only a few minutes before launch from the Punta Indio space base, the National Space Activities Commission reported. Apparently it was not possible to activate a valve of the pressure system a few minutes before the launch.
2016, Nov. 21 - In the absence of climatic inconveniences in the Samborombón Bay area, the launch of the VEX-5A Experimental Vehicle is scheduled to take place between 22 and 24 November. The VEX-5A is little more than 18 meters high, 1.5 meters in diameter with an engine power of 11 tons. It weighs 8.5 tons, and 5.5 tons when it is empty.
2016, June 05 -- The project manager Fernando Hisas (CONAE) said during a conference that the VEX 5A rocket will be launched in July or August.
2015, Nov. 16 -- It is reported that a static test of the new engine T10, used for the first stage of VEX 5A, was successful. The engine has, as expected, no turbopump. The fuel supply carried out by means of compressed gas.
2015, November -- new Tronador-II master plan
VEX 1A/1B: One stage with 4 tnf pressure fed engine (T4)
VEX 5A: One stage with new 10 tnf pressure fed engine T10 (Kerosene/LOX)
VEX 5B: Two stage with new pressure fed engine T10, and a other new pressure fed engine, using for the Tronador-II second stage (Monomethyl-Hydrazine/N2O4+HNO3)
VEX 5C: Two stage with first stage 30 tnf engine T30 (Kerosene/LOX), using three times for the Tronador-II first stage, and the pressure fed engine
2014, Aug. 16 -- Last night VEX-1B was successfully launched.
Según informaron desde el Ministerio de Planificación Federal, el vehículo lanzado concretó la trayectoria programada por espacio de 27 segundos y alcanzó una altura máxima de 2200 metros.
2014, Feb. 26 -- El cohete despegó y explotó ?
El cohete de prueba del proyecto Tronador II, se lanzó esta mañana. Según nos cuentan gente cercana al proyecto se habría elevado 2 metros y explotó. Sin anuncios oficiales y con varios meses de demora, fue lanzado de manera fallida el cohete VEX-1A que iba a ser utilizado para probar sistemas de navegación.
En enero se había abortado el lanzamiento cuando falló una manguera de combustible, desde entonces no se hicieron nuevos anuncios. Aunque siendo un cohete de prueba estaba previsto que lo finalmente ocurrido pudiera pasar.
CONAE says the vehicle didn't explode. They say the engine started but the "take off didn't happen".
Conrado Varotto, Executive Director of CONAE, said ealier in an interview, that CONAE had conducted three tests of the engine on the ground, all three unsuccessful, with a fourth test planned for mid-December (2013). The engine exploded in the first two tests, due to liquid fuel leaks, and failed on the third, due to materials problems with the exhaust. Varotto noted that CONAE has no intention of attempting a launch until the engine is thoroughly and successfully tested on the ground.