The FCCSA maintains modern, well-serviced equipment of all kinds, ranging from heavy-load launch vehicles to surface-based optical telescopes.
Space Launching Vehicles
The Vitovia class rocket was the primary launch vechicle of the Confederate Space Agency, and now forms the centrepiece of the FCCSA program. It is the most well-developed, and the most technologically advanced. The current version, the Mark IV, is 59.7m high and has a weight of around 710 tons.
The Vitovia consists of a liquid-propelled main body, backed up by two solid boosters slung to the side. The central body of the rocket consists of two seperate stages, the Primary and the Secondary. The Primary stage is 35m tall and 5.5m in diameter, and is powered by a Lendosan-built derivred flow engine. It contributes 878kN of thrust at ground level, increasing as air pressure decreases before it cuts out after 600 seconds. It uses a total of 147 tons of fuel. The Secondary stage, built by a consortium of companies, only ignites once both the Primary Stage and the boosters have ceased firing and have been jettisoned. It uses its restartable engine and 10 tons of fuel to produce 27 kN of thrust, with the purpose of navigating the Vitovia into a precise position before releasing its payload. During launch, much of the power is provided by the two boosters, collectively known as the Solid Accelleration State (so called because it uses a power fuel rather than a liquid or gaseous one). The Solid Accelleration Stage is worked by two seperate Solid Propulsion Drives (SPDs), manufactured in Neoliliana. Each booster measures 26m in length and 3m in diameter, and has a weight of 266 tons (37.4% of total). They each contain 237 tons of solid fuel, providing 122 seconds of burn before being jettisoned at an altitude of around 55 km. The two boosters provide 6MN of thrust during launch.
The Cassarica class launch vehicle is designed not to put objects into space, but simply the upper atmosphere. Rather than satellites, it is used to carry scientific experiments that rely on conditions that cannot easily be duplicated on the surface. Since it is not designed to travel as far, or to carry such a heavy cargo, the Cassarica rocket is much smaller and cheaper than the Vitovia. It is about 15m high, and has a weight of around 12 tons (as compared to 59.7m and 710t for the Vitovia). The vehicle is powered by a single motor, which provides 450kN of upward thrust for a total period of 60 seconds. The Mark II vehicle is equiped with thrust vectoring, enabling small-scale adjustment of course while the rocket is in flight.
The largest ground-based telescope used by the FCCSA is the Candarias Observatory, located in the Recunn Mountains, in the western regions of the island of Lendia. It is one of the largest telescopes in Vexillium, and was the centrepiece for the Confederate Space Agency's ground-based program, which was recognized as the world's best.
Other observatories are located throughout the former FCLR.
[more info on our observatories will be added at a later date]