Wet Dress Rehearsal ✅MIURA 1 ha superado con éxito el ensayo de carga completa de propelentes con reloj hasta T0. Estamos un paso más cerca del lanzamiento🚀MIURA 1 has successfully completed the full propellant loading test up to T0. We're one step closer to launch🚀
This is one of the most critical tests of the campaign: with all the launch steps prior to engine ignition, including the loading of kerosene, liquid oxygen, helium and nitrogen. All at nominal pressure.
T0 is achieved with the launcher in self-sequence, in an autonomous sequence of events synchronized with the launch infrastructure. When it reaches T0, an "auto abort" is executed, commanded by the rocket itself.
Throwback to my visit last week to @PLD_Space's launch site in El Arenosillo. They allowed us to take close up shots of the Miura 1 rocket and we even got the chance of signing it! Cool stuff 😁
Teams have been preparing the Miura 1 SN1 vehicle for launch for the last month and should be ready to go really soon. The vehicle completed a Wet Dress Rehearsal last week 👇
After this, the plan is to begin development of their gas generator engine for the Miura 5 orbital rocket which PLD Space aims to launch by the end of next year from Guiana. It's an aggressive timeline to develop a brand-new engine in a year so we'll see if it happens. Good luck!
Succesful 5-seconds hot test!Extremely glad to announce that yesterday we successfully completed our Hot Fire Test of Rocket MIURA 1 for MIURA1 SN1 Test Flight!We are one step closer to complete our dream mission!Stay tuned for more news coming soon! #VamosMIURA
MIURA 5 will be the reusable orbital micro-launcher, privately developed and designed by PLD Space. This vehicle is dedicated to small satellites, ranging from CubeSats to Class 1 (300 kg) payloads.
Excited! PLD Space has signed today a binding agreement with the French Space Agency (@CNES) whereby we obtain permission to operate our orbital launcher MIURA 5 from the ELM-Diamant launch base at Guiana Space Centre (CSG). Click below for more info:
PLD Space to operate from Europe’s Spaceport in French GuianaCORPORATE21 JUNE 2023PLD Space has signed a binding contract with the French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) to launch its MIURA 5 micro-launcher from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG).With this agreement, PLD Space becomes one of the few operators that will be able to launch from Kourou. This location is highly sought after by PLD Space's clients. Decades of experience and the ability to reach any orbit are among the big advantages of this spaceport. Paris. 21 June 2023. PLD Space, a company that designs, develops, manufactures and operates Europe's first private micro-launcher, has been selected to launch its MIURA 5 orbital launcher from Europe’s Spaceport located to the northwest of Kourou (French Guiana). The binding agreement signed with the French Space Agency (CNES), grants the Company permission to initiate the negotiation process for the development phase of the MIURA 5 launcher from the ELM-Diamant launch base at the Guiana Space Centre (CSG). PLD Space thus becomes one of the few private operators that will be able to operate from this historic spaceport. Raúl Verdú, Chief Business Development Officer and co-founder of PLD Space, said: "This agreement is further proof of the company's unquestionable leadership in this segment at a time when Europe needs it most thanks to its consolidated track record. It also validates PLD Space's value proposition in the market".A highly demanding approval process In 2021, CNES announced that it would make the ELM-Diamant site available for micro-launchers in order to increase European access to space. Since then, the company has been involved in a highly demanding accreditation process. In this sense, PLD Space has been selected after having passed a rigorous technical assessment of the MIURA 5 project, which covers the analysis of issues related to the design and development logic of the rocket, launch operations, facilities, financial soundness as well as safety considerations. Upon its conclusion, CNES informed PLD Space that the audit had been positively evaluated and its outcome formalised through the signature of a binding contract (Binding Term Sheet, BTS) between the parties. PLD Space has always chosen CSG as the main launch site for MIURA 5 because of its experience, reliability and versatility. "It is a port that has been in operation since 1968, where Ariane and Vega are currently launched," adds PLD Space co-founder and CEO Raúl Torres. "Additionally, it offers the possibility of sending satellites to multiple different orbits. The agreement's commitments The signed Binding Term Sheet (BTS) commits both entities to a number of conditions. On the one hand, CNES will provide the common resources for the MIURA 5 launch operations, such as road access, electricity supply, fire water network and control of access to the complex. In addition, the agency will make available to PLD Space a specific area of the GSC where the launch base of the Spanish micro-launcher will be located. For its part, PLD Space will be responsible for the development of the specific means necessary for the integration, test and launch operations of MIURA 5 from the GSC base. In order to be able to operate from the spaceport, a new infrastructure dedicated to the MIURA 5 launch system will need to be developed. PLD Space will have a large area divided between the launch base itself and a preparation zone, which will include the integration hangar, a clean room, the control centre and the commercial and work offices. CNES has already set in motion the process related to civil works activities and PLD Space will begin development of its own platform in 2024.The MIURA family, key to increasing European access to space PLD Space is immersed in the launch of the first MIURA 1 SN1 experimental flight; the first private micro launcher developed in Europe, which had to be postponed last June 17th after the countdown had reached zero due to a failure in the release of all the umbilical cables in the avionics bay. The rocket has been fully designed by PLD Space as a technology demonstrator with recovery and reusability requirements that only 3 companies have achieved in space history. This first suborbital flight is a turning point for the development of the MIURA 5 microsatellite launcher, as the MIURA 1 SN1 mission will provide the opportunity for validation of much of the design and technology that will serve as the basis for the development of the MIURA 5 orbital launcher, whose maiden flight is scheduled for 2025. The company has already started the manufacturing of some of its subsystems, which are already being tested in the company's 100,000 m2 test facilities at Teruel Airport.
We have just announced that @PLD_Space has won the national contract PERTE for the development of domestic orbital launch capabilities. This is a huge step forward for #MIURA5 development and to become the first fully private European company to access orbital launch services.
The contract for orbital launch vehicle development has a total budget of 45M€. The company has won the first phase, granted with 1.5M€ and will work towards engineering development until end of the year where phase 2 winner will be announced. #VamosMIURA!
PLD Space wins the aerospace public-private partnership contract promoted by Spanish Government to develop a micro launcherCORPORATE03 JULY 2023PLD Space, together with Aciturri, AIRBUS, Air Liquide, ALTER, Anteral, Applus, Caye, CECOM, CMASA, Deimos, INSYTE, LOGO 2, Mecanizados Especiales, OCCAM, Repsol, Swagelok, Talleres Ramón Clemente and Tecno Lanema, wins the PERTE to develop a micro launcher.PLD Space obtains the best technical qualification by the Contracting Board, which has positively valued the trajectory and key industrial capacity that guarantee the development of the MIURA 5 as a leading solution for access to space.PLD Space is the only Spanish company with experience developing launchers and the only one with the necessary infrastructure and capacity to develop, manufacture and launch an orbital rocket into space in just two and a half years.Thanks to PERTE (the contract), the company will be able to accelerate the development and manufacturing of MIURA 5 and become the first private company in Europe to commercialise space access services.PLD Space is one of three European companies authorised by the French Space Agency, through a binding agreement, to operate MIURA 5 from the CSG Space Centre in French Guiana.Elche. 03 July 2023. PLD Space, the company that designs, develops, manufactures and operates the first private launcher in Europe, wins the aerospace public-private partnership contract promoted by Spanish Government to develop a micro launcher (PERTE), having obtained the best technical qualification by the Contracting Committee, as well as the independent experts appointed to evaluate the projects submitted.PLD Space comes to PERTE with most of its technological partners and with strategic supply agreements, which strengthens the project and allows speeding up its development. Strategic partners already approved in MIURA 1 include Aciturri, AIRBUS, Air Liquide, ALTER, Anteral, Applus, Caye, CECOM, CMASA, Deimos, INSYTE, LOGO 2, Mecanizados Especiales, OCCAM, Repsol, Swagelok, Talleres Ramón Clemente and Tecno Lanema. This supply chain will provide technical support, components, engineering and manufacturing support for the development and production of the MIURA 5 orbital launcher, scheduled for launch in 2025.Ezequiel Sánchez, CEO of PLD Space, says: "We are working to facilitate European access to space and very soon we will achieve it. If we want Spain to become the tenth country with direct access to space, we must encourage private-public collaboration, but we cannot replicate in PERTE what has not worked before in ESA programmes. We must work together to be more agile and with a different style of leadership and risk-taking.The company's track record, coupled with its high industrial capabilities and financial strength, together with MIURA 5 supply chain drive and its commercial potential, consolidate PLD Space as one of the reference players in the small space launcher sector at European level, which has been positively assessed by the PERTE aerospace tendering authority.Raúl Verdú, co-founder and business development director of the company, highlights: "Thanks to this contract, Spain and PLD Space will be able to compete in the global market for launch services for satellites of less than 500kg without any complexes. As we have demonstrated in the past, this public contract will allow us to triple the total budget available with private investment, ensuring that we will be able to deliver our first MIURA 5 unit within the demanding timelines set by this contract, and to provide Spain with independent access to space.The first phase of the PERTE contract, which will start once the documentation is signed, is worth €1.5 million for each successful bidder. It will focus on the design of the launcher and will end in December 2023. The tendering body will then evaluate the proposals submitted and the most competitive design will move on to a second phase in 2024, which is valued at €40.5 million.The only Spanish company with the necessary infrastructure to launch a rocket into space PLD Space is the only Spanish company with experience developing launchers and the only one with the infrastructure and capacity to develop, manufacture and launch an orbital rocket into space in just two and a half years.The company is currently immersed in the launch of MIURA 1, the first private rocket developed in Europe and the only one that is ready to be launched soon on the continent. It has been fully designed by PLD Space as a technology demonstrator with recovery and reusability requirements that only 3 companies have achieved in space history.This first suborbital flight of MIURA 1 is a turning point for the development of the MIURA 5 orbital launcher, as it will allow to extract a large amount of information to validate much of the design and technology that will serve as the basis for the development of the MIURA 5 orbital launcher.Raul Torres, CEO and co-founder of PLD Space, says: "We are progressing at breakneck speed in the development of MIURA 5 thanks to MIURA 1, as we have an integrated team and a clear engineering strategy. Although we failed to launch on the last attempt, we were able to complete all procedures and reach the self-sequence phase on time, with nominal engine start and thrust. All these learnings are being transferred to the development of MIURA 5, so we are making a qualitative leap in its development.PLD Space - which has obtained more than 65 million in funding to date - is headquartered in Elche (Alicante), has a team of more than 140 professionals and three centres located in Elche, Teruel and Huelva with more than 100,000 m2 of industrial facilities. It is the only Spanish company with the necessary infrastructure to validate the different MIURA 5 subsystems, including a liquid rocket engine test bench.Having recently received permission from the French National Study Centre (CNES) to operate MIURA 5 at the Guiana Space Centre (Korou) in 2025, PLD Space becomes one of only three private European companies that will be able to operate from the historic space centre. In addition, the company has already booked launch services for its first five flights and has signed a memorandum of understanding with the European space transportation operator Arianespace, whereby the two companies will explore cooperation to meet the growing commercial demand for access to space.
Bringing life to MIURA 5! Exciting times ahead!#MIURA5
Raul Verdu of PLD Space says at World Satellite Business Week that they're now targeting October for their next Miura 1 launch attempt.
According to NOTAMs, this launch could occur as early as October 7th
Spanish launch startup @PLD_Space has announced plans to hire 150 new employees by 2024 to support the development of MIURA 5.
A new day and a new update to the European launch vehicles infographic. The @PLD_Space Miura 5 has grown to a very specific 35,7 metres tall, and the @HyImpulseTech SL1 is now 30 metres tall. I don't think either of these figures has been shared publically before.
Yeah, producing first vehicle subsystems for qualification next year . System is designed. Looking forward 2025 launch! #GoMIURA5!
When TEPREL-C testing?👀
Broth engines are designed. Horizontal testing of combustion chambers, gas generators and turbopump begins in February. Looking for TEPREL-Cvac full integrated test before summer. First stage TEPREL-C engine will begin in summer too.