PLD Space Reveals the MIURA 1: The First Spanish Space Rocket3rd Dec 2021
The Spanish company, PLD Space, successfully presented its first functional space rocket, which will launch in the second half of 2022, marking an important milestone in the space transportation industry.
With over €36 million in funding, and the backing of numerous national and international institutions such as GMV, Aciturri, the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology, and the European Commission, all the attention is placed on the MIURA 1.
A Successful Presentation of the MIURA 1 by PLD Space
The presentation of the MIURA 1 took place in the bullring of Madrid, where people could see it from 12th until 15th November. With plenty of attendance, the project has sparked interest in the public since it is the first private launcher in Spain.
Nowadays, the MIURA 1 is at the Teruel airport, where it will undergo qualification tests during 5 months to ensure that the rocket is in optimal conditions for the TestFlight-1, the inaugural take-off in the second half of 2022.
Thanks to the developments by PLD Space, Spain has become part of the exclusive club of countries that can successfully launch space transport vehicles.
The First Step Towards a Complete Space Transportation Vehicle
According to Raúl Torres and Raúl Verdú, the founders of PLD Space, the MIURA 1 is the first step towards developing and launching a larger and recoverable commercial launcher, the MIURA 5.
The MIURA 5 uses 70% of the technology present in the MIURA 1. Therefore, a successful launch of the MIURA 1 will mark an important milestone for the entire project.
The MIURA 1 is the first test to ensure that PLD Space can successfully launch rockets into space. After the TestFlight-1 in 2022, the company plans to launch the MIURA 5 in 2024, which would make it the first complete space transport vehicle in Spain.
With over 10 years of experience in the industry, PLD Space will expectedly conduct a successful launch of the MIURA 1 in order to become a main player in the industry on a global scale.