Spain’s PLD Space demonstrates technologies for their orbital micro launcher, Miura 5
Spain’s PLD Space demonstrates technologies for their orbital micro launcher, Miura 5
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  • 승인 2019.04.13 01:57
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Drop test of microlauncher first stage(Copyright PLD Space)
Drop test of microlauncher first stage(Copyright PLD Space)

 

Spain’s PLD Space, supported by ESA, demonstrated the recovery of the first stage of their orbital microlauncher, Miura 5, in a first step towards reusability On 11 April. 

A Chinook CH-47 helicopter carried the 15 m long 1.4 m diameter Miura 5 demonstration booster to an altitude of 5 km. It was then dropped over a controlled area of the Atlantic Ocean, 6 km off the coast of Huelva in southern Spain. Three parachutes were released to slow down the booster during the descent.

Miura 5 (formerly Arion 2) is aimed to provide dedicated launches for small satellites of up to 300 kg to low Earth orbit, in 2021. It weighs 14 t at liftoff, and is powered by liquid oxygen–kerosene engines.

This drop test was carried out yesterday from El Arenosillo Experimentation Center in Spain.

A Chinook CH-47 helicopter lifted the 15 m long 1.4 m diameter Miura 5 demonstration first stage to an altitude of 5 km then dropped it over a controlled area of the Atlantic Ocean, 6 km off the coast of Huelva in southern Spain.

This article is written by ESA


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