The Spanish company PLD Space wants to lead the market for micro satellite launchers in Europe. And you are about to take the first step.
Miura 1, the first Spanish space rocket, intends to take off before May 31. A first flight test that aims to put satellites into orbit in 2025with the Miura 5.
PLD Space is a private Spanish company headquartered in Elche, and with technical facilities in Teruel, Huelva and French Guiana. This new space company has already achieved more than 60 million euro investment to boost your space sector project.
Until now only 13 countries have launched their own space rockets. And very few have done it from their own country. PLD Space plans to do so from the newly opened Huelva Space Portlocated in the municipality of El Arenosillo.
In this video you can do a tour inside the aforementioned spaceportfrom where the Miura 1:
The Miura 1 is a 12.2 meter high suborbital rocket. that can transport a load of 100 kilos up to a height of between 120 and 150 kilometers, surpassing in height the manned flights of Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic. It can stay 3 minutes in microgravity, and the entire flight takes 12 minutes.
Although it could operate on its own, PLD Space considers it a technological test for the Miura 5a giant of more than 30 tons and 25 meters in length already under development, which wants to put satellites into orbit by 2025. may transport 300 kilos of cargo at 500 km of height.
The first launch of the Miura 1
But you have to go step by step. First you have to get the rocket takes off, and ascends.
PLD Space has received permission from the INTA authorities to operate in a flight test window that extends until next May 31. They have until that day to take the test, but it all depends on weather conditions. The rocket is now ready to take off.
In this first test, the objectives are modest: “Our definition of success is that the rocket gets as far away from the launch pad. We are aware that it is already quite an achievement for us, the industry and all of Spain to be able to place MIURA1 on the takeoff ramp,” explains Ezequiel Sánchez, the company’s Executive President, in the press release.
“Every second it is in the air is learning and data for the development of Miura 5. After 12 years, PLD Space will be the first private micro launcher company to achieve this historic milestone in the European space race,” he says confidently.
We wish you all the luck in the world. We’re looking forward to seeing how far it will go. the Miura 1, the first Spanish space rocket, on its first space flight.