Spanish launcher startup PLD: First suborbital flight success should unlock new funding sources

by Peter B. de Selding

SEVILLE, Spain — Startup small rocket builder PLD Space is using what’s likely to be two suborbital flights of its Miura-1 rocket to qualify most of the key components for its larger Miura-5 orbital vehicle and to lower the risks of early Miura-5 operations.

The inaugural Miura-1 mission was successfully conducted on Oct. 7 after months of delays mainly due to the extreme fire hazard of suborbital launch site, which is located in a park outside Seville that its operated by the Spanish National Institute for . . .

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