A report into last year's explosion of a Brazilian rocket that killed 21 people says underfunding and poor management contributed to the disaster.
The explosion was Brazil's worst space programme accident
The VLS-1 VO3 rocket exploded three days before the scheduled launch on 22 August, because of an electrical flaw.
But Brazilian government investigators said decisions taken long before the accident led to a breakdown in safety procedures, maintenance and training.
Brazil is the only South American country that has a space programme.
The explosion at the Alcantara Air Base launch-pad was caused by an unidentified electrical discharge that ignited one of the rocket's four solid fuel boosters during the final preparations, the 130-page report said.
The blast could be heard for miles around
The investigating commission stressed that it was unable to determine the exact nature of the electrical problem, saying that a further investigation was under way to reach a definite conclusion.
But the report painted a damning picture of Brazil's space programme.
Reading from the report, Brazil's Defence Minister Jose Viegas said underfunding had left the programme in a "virtual state of hibernation for a dangerously long period".
According to the report, Brazil's "space budget" last year was less than $20m, while India - another developing country nurturing space exploration - spends about $300m a year.
Problems at the launch-pad also included dangerous build-ups of volatile gases, deterioration of sensors and electromagnetic interference, the report said.
It said employees in charge of quality control were overworked and understaffed.
"We observed a lack of formal, detailed risk management, especially in the conduct of operations involving preparations for the launch," the report said.
Mr Viegas said the new centre-left government of President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva was committed to investing some $100m in the space programme to make a new rocket launch possible in 2006.