Swedish sounding rocket veers off course, lands in Norwegian mountains as both nations plan orbital flights

by Peter B. de Selding

LAMPOLDSHAUSEN, Germany — Sweden’s Esrange balloon- and sounding-rocket launch complex, which is developing an orbital-launch capability, is likely to suspend launches of the Brazilian-built, unguided VSB-30 rocket after an April 24 launch went off course and landed 15 kilometers inside Norwegian territory.

The incident, the first of its type in a decade, occurred after the vehicle flew longer, and further west, than expected before reaching 250 kilometers in altitude and activity its microgravity experiment payload.

It landed some 40 kilometers away . . .

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