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European space market launches from Elche


Satellites ‘on demand: The future of the European space market resides in Elche, in Spain’s Alicante

The future of the European space market is located in Elche. There, a company is looking to pair up with the top American companies that seek to colonize unexplored, space.

This is the case of PLD Space, an Elche company that “will democratize space”, or at least that’s what they claim from their headquarters. The innovative concept appears to be progressing smoothly at the moment – “satellites on demand” is a fitting description.

It may seem far-fetched, but if a postal service can transport a package across the length of Spain, why couldn’t a corporation dispatch its own satellite into orbit around the Earth?

It’s a weird notion, to put it mildly, but it’s far truer than it appears. The PLD Space project is coming together, and the Miura 1 rocket, which will be launched in March from Huelva, the location of the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) facility, has already been prepped.

Over two months have passed since the ship sailed towards the Andalucia region. The whole test was shot in September, and the corporation gave it sensational positive reviews. Ral Verd, the company’s co-founder and director of business development, claimed that if it had been an actual flight operation, the rocket would have launched on schedule and without delays.

The Miura 1 will lay the foundations for the commercial operations that the firm from Elche will carry out. Its successor, the Miura 5, almost triple in height, and has between three and five times more cargo capacity, is expected to reach space in mid-2024.

Read more: Andalucía announces satellite launch date for space mission Alpha

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