The Spanish PLD Space wins an ESA contract to host satellites on its MIURA 5 launcher

The company PLD Space is a Spanish company, founded in 2011 by Raúl Torres and Raúl Verdú, with technical facilities in Teruel and headquarters in Elche (Alicante). It is dedicated to space sector and pioneer in the development of reusable rockets that with him Miura 1 designed the first rocket with 100% Spanish technology. Now, he has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA)to promote commercial space transportation initiatives, the project is part of the Boost program!.

The objective is to develop a system for hosting payloads in the MIURA 5 which will provide greater flexibility to your clients. The development of the modular payload adapter will be carried out in collaboration with the Spanish company OCCAM Space, which aims to lighten the hardware. The project is endowed with 1.3 million euros.

The company made its first launch last year and they hope to see the experience applied to the development of services. MIURA 5 which is a recoverable launch vehicle. The development of this payload adapter was chosen to increase market competitiveness and ensure that as many types of satellites as possible can fly. The payload system called MOSPA (Modular Solution for Payload Adapter) will allow offering a wider range of missions and services, including hosting CubeSats (are a type of miniaturized satellite for space research and applications in low earth orbit), nanosatellites and microsatellites.

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The Miura 5 is an orbital launcher reusable private. This vehicle is dedicated to small satellites, up to class 1 payloads (450 kg). With the possibility of doing 15 annual missions, which expands commercial opportunities, it has flexibility by having a wide range of orbits available, it is reusable, the first stage is recovered and reused.

PLD Space is advancing the development of its Miura 5 orbital launcher, which is scheduled to make its first flight in 2025 from the European spaceport of Kourou, in French Guiana.