PLD Space has set the end of May as the date for the launch of its prototype rocket, Miura-1 SN1, and has pushed until the last day for the launch of this suborbital rocket. The launch can be followed on the Internet. This is how to see it.
When? In the early hours of this Wednesday, May 31, PLD Space will launch its Miura-1 suborbital rocket. The launch is scheduled starting at 5:30peninsular time (CEST), 03:30 UTC, at which time the company will begin its takeoff broadcast.
The launch window that the company is taking advantage of began this morning and will end tomorrow at 10 a.m., peninsular time, so they have a certain margin between the start of the transmission announced for 5:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. .
Looking at the sky. The exact launch time is not vital for the development of this experimental mission aboard a suborbital rocket. What has been decisive when choosing the moment to launch the mission has been the weather.
During the last days the weather conditions have not been ideal. Despite the meteorological stability associated with the drought of recent months, the second half of May has witnessed a sudden change in the weather that has brought storms and rains that have become torrential in many parts of the peninsula.
The company’s approach has been one of maximum caution, both with possible technical and external incidents. On the morning of the 21st, this implied the decision to abort the launch in the presence of rain and low clouds.
As? At 5:30 in the morning, the company will connect with the El Arenosillo Experimentation Center (CEDEA) of the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA), located in the province of Huelva. The event can be followed through the PLD Space YouTube channel, where they have already enabled everything for viewing.
It can also be followed through the company’s website, its social networks and this same article:
First mission to space. The main mission of this MIURA 1 SN1 will be to test the technologies that the Levantine company is developing in the field of aerospace technology. The company’s ultimate goal is to develop a two-stage orbital rocket, the Miura 5, capable of deploying satellites and up to 900 kg in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) or 540 kg in Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).
“The objective of this first flight of the MIURA 1 SN1 technological demonstrator will consist of gathering the greatest volume of information possible to continue validating a large part of the design and the technology and processes that will later be transferred and integrated into MIURA 5”, he explained in a note from press Raúl Torres CEO of PLD Space.
Even though it is not an orbital mission, that is, it will not complete a full circle around the Earth, Miura 1 will reach the space barrier, a diffuse barrier located around 100 kilometers above sea level.
One before and one after. The company has a lot at stake in this launch, in which it will have to demonstrate its capabilities and earn the trust of future investors. This despite having reached the figure of 60 million euros in investments in February and having recently managed to classify its offer in the PRTR (Plan for Recovery, Transformation and Resilience) Aerospace.
PLD Space could thus become the first purely private company to achieve the capacity to operate in space and take a step forward in the LEO economy together with companies such as SpaceX or Axiom.
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