The makers of the Miura rocket will build the first Spanish microsatellite launcher


The The space agency is PLD Space, The creator of the Miura Rocketwill be Responsible for developing the first Spanish small satellite launch vehicle. “We want to be the first in Europe to have this cutting-edge technology,” the Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities said this Friday. Diana Morant, after announcing the selection of this company from Elche for the project. As Morant explained in an interview with EL PERIÓDICO, it is One of the “most ambitious projects” ever undertaken by the Spanish space industry And seeks to strengthen this scientific and industrial sector once again.


Miura's creators have been selected in a selection process launched by the Ministry of Science a year ago within the framework of PERTE Aerospace and with funding from European funds. Among the finalists, Morant recalled in an interview with this newspaper. Catalan company Pangea also stood out. But finally, as announced this Thursday, PLD Space will be “responsible for developing, Verification, Validation and Construction of Prototype“The First Spanish Microsatellite Launcher.

The project starts with 45 million euros, an “unprecedented public investment,” says Morant.

The project begins The budget allocation is 45 million euros Of this, at least 40 will be earmarked for the development phase of the project. “We are talking about an unprecedented public investment,” Morant said. Initiation of this initiative, in addition, Strengthening the Spanish strategy to strengthen the space industryL. In this sense, in the last year The Spanish Space Agency is officially launchedThe first rocket, a sub-orbital rocket with 100% Spanish technology was launched and the first cooperation agreement was signed with the Artemis mission to return to the Moon.

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