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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #20 on: 02/17/2017 01:33 PM »
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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #21 on: 05/23/2017 10:18 AM »
New engine testing campaign announced in Twitter, starting in June.

Talking about a 30% power increase, to be tested initially for >1 min duration static fire.

Meanwhile, final review of Arion-1 is about to start, with static fires by the end of this year.
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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #22 on: 06/05/2017 01:39 PM »
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#FirstFlight engine hardware material arrieves at @PLD_Space headquarters. Test hardware assembled soon. #GoPLD
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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #23 on: 06/08/2017 09:29 AM »
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#FirstFlight engine hardware material arrieves at @PLD_Space headquarters. Test hardware assembled soon. #GoPLD

what is the size?
Diameter 40 cm and length 120 cm?

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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #24 on: 06/08/2017 02:06 PM »
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#FirstFlight engine hardware material arrieves at @PLD_Space headquarters. Test hardware assembled soon. #GoPLD

what is the size?
Diameter 40 cm and length 120 cm?

They look quite shorter than that: I'd say 80-100 cm long at most.
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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #25 on: 06/26/2017 05:02 PM »
They are showing some progress:

After 2 years of liquid rocket engine testing, performing dozens of hot firings, at PLD Space we are ready to accomplish our next giant leap.
https://twitter.com/PLD_Space/status/879379322821386240





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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #26 on: 06/26/2017 06:48 PM »
They are showing some progress:

After 2 years of liquid rocket engine testing, performing dozens of hot firings, at PLD Space we are ready to accomplish our next giant leap.
https://twitter.com/PLD_Space/status/879379322821386240


Indeed, in the video description they are announcing the unveiling and first testing of a new regeneratively-cooled engine.
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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #27 on: 06/29/2017 11:18 AM »
Very nice writeup (in Spanish) in Daniel Marin's blog, on PLD's plans and achievements.


http://danielmarin.naukas.com/2017/06/28/pld-space-dos-anos-de-pruebas-de-motores-cohete-en-espana/


Some snippets:


- Tests so far have used a calorimetric model, not machined on the outside (simple cylinder shape), for simplicity and to ease measurements. The 32-kN engine is a real-scale prototype for the Arion-1 single-stage suborbital launcher.


- Immediate plans call for the test of TEPREL-A, with a 110-s burn time, the same as the nominal first stage burn time of Arion-1.


- TEPREL-B will be the second iteration of the engine, with a 165-s burn time.


- Finally, TEPREL-C, to be tested before next year, will be the qualification version of the real Arion-1 engine.


- First (suborbital) flight of the Arion-1 is expected for NET April 2018, from El Arenosillo (Huelva, Spain). It will demonstrate a 220 km apogee trajectory for a 100 kg payload.


- Orbital launches with Arion-2 would follow in their long-term strategy after that, with first flight pencilled-in for 2021.
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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #28 on: 07/05/2017 01:44 PM »
Today we have the honour to introduce the new combustion chamber TERPEL-A, the new regenerative cooling rocket engine.
https://twitter.com/PLD_Space/status/882519746125680641

See attachment.
« Last Edit: 07/05/2017 01:44 PM by Kosmos2001 »

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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #29 on: 07/17/2017 11:03 AM »
TEPREL-A test performed!


https://twitter.com/PLD_Space/status/886859400719339521


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El nuevo motor cohete regenerativo de @PLD_Space ruge con fuerza. Comportamiento mecánico y térmico nominal. Muy pronto vídeo completo.
The new regenerative(ly-cooled) rocket engine from PLD_Space roars powerfully. Mechanical and thermal behaviors are nominal. Complete video coming up very soon.
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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #30 on: 07/22/2017 08:38 PM »
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First hotfire of Spain startup @PLD_Space's regeneratively cooled engine for upcoming #Arion1 microlauncher vehicle 🚀youtu.be/xRm4zaoZjCI
https://twitter.com/megsylhydrazine/status/888842341900926976


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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #31 on: 08/29/2017 06:17 PM »
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@PLD_Space is ready to unveil its new own facilities next week. Here we have a first advance of how it looks like. #RocketFactory #NewSpace

https://twitter.com/pld_space/status/902184301697142784

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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #32 on: 09/26/2017 09:16 AM »
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PLD Space‏ @PLD_Space 22m22 minutes ago

Unfortunately this year @PLD_Space couldn´t attend the #IAC2017. We are working really hard, major announcement soon! Keep an eye!

https://twitter.com/PLD_Space/status/912601130978435072

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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #33 on: 10/25/2017 10:43 AM »
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@PLD_Space is please to show for the first time how our beast will be. HD Artist Conception. Meet ARION 1, Our technological demonstrator.

https://twitter.com/PLD_Space/status/923134542075981824

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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #34 on: 10/26/2017 01:43 PM »
Spacenews article: Spain’s launch startups make a case for hosting a European spaceport

I always tought PLD Space had it's eyes set on INTA's (CEDEA) El Arenosillo test Center . maps

The Article is wrong on DLR leading the SMILE project, its NLR (Dutch instead of German, but it's practically the same) And Smile looks to the north not south for a launch site.

In my opinion it is unlikely that one startup company (in Europe) will be able to develop an orbital launcher and be able to offer a service. But PLD Space has one of the best business cases in my opinion.
« Last Edit: 10/26/2017 02:01 PM by Rik ISS-fan »

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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #35 on: 01/07/2018 01:11 PM »
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As you may know, next week @PLD_Space will announce a huge step forward in the ARION European #Microlauncher development program. “Paulatim Ergo Certe”. #ARION #European #Reusable #Microlauncher

https://twitter.com/pld_space/status/950004458993471489

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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #36 on: 01/10/2018 09:14 AM »
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IT IS OFFICIAL: @PLD_Space awarded 2 Million Euro grant from the European Commission for the ARION #microlauncher programme #Europe #Space #Launchers

https://twitter.com/PLD_Space/status/951031174939447296

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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #37 on: 01/10/2018 09:16 AM »
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This financial support from the #EC is currently the biggest public support to PLD Space and one of the biggest European public supports for SMEs. #ARION is strategic for Europe´s Independence and Competitiveness.
https://twitter.com/PLD_Space/status/951031612829061120

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With the European Commission, joined to the Spanish Government and to the European Space Agency, @PLD_Space has now the support of the 3 more important European institutions to develop a #Microlauncher. More than 30 private investors has also been joined to #ARION
https://twitter.com/PLD_Space/status/951032115935641600

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The company and #ARION has also been supported by European space-related personalities, such as Mr. Franco Malerba, the first Italian astronaut who flew in the Space Shuttle @NASA Mission STS-46 and member of the European Parliament.
https://twitter.com/PLD_Space/status/951032619180929024

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"Thanks to this strategical institutional support we are closer to have all the necessary support and resources for a fully commercial launch service dedicated to small payloads in Europe , and be one of the 10 worldwide countries with launch capabilities" - Raúl Torres, CEO.
https://twitter.com/PLD_Space/status/951033373803212802

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the technologies that will be directly transferred to ARION 2, PLD Space´s proposed Spanish small satellite launcher, which will be entirely produced by European industry.
https://twitter.com/PLD_Space/status/951034632727859200

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“This support strengthens the position of PLD Space in the space industry and increases the confidence of private investors. We are now ready to the next step forward in our company, the closing of an A2 investment round of 8 million Euro very soon”. - Raúl Verdú, CBO.

https://twitter.com/PLD_Space/status/951035890742149120
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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #38 on: 01/10/2018 04:55 PM »
So Malerba is going to supervise their work. Interesting.

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Re: PLD Space
« Reply #39 on: 02/01/2018 10:12 AM »
PLD Space have announced their ARION2 orbital microlauncher:

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=44832.0

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