London, 19 April 2023.- PLD Space, a Spanish small satellite space launcher company, announced on the 17th of April that it is making great strides in the development of its MIURA 1 Test Flight 1 campaign. PLD Space held its first Customer Day at its launch centre in El Arenosillo that brought together players in satellite manufacturing and operations, both nationally and internationally. The team shared its current roadmap and perspectives to its first customers during this visit. The customers had the opportunity to visit the new control centre and launch pad where PLD Space will perform the next test flight of the MIURA 1 demonstrator over the coming weeks.
Around twenty customers – already officially committed to the MIURA 5 launcher – discovered on site how the PLD Space operational team is working to orientate its launch services on the low-Earth orbit (LEO) market, to enhance the efficiency of its value chain, and to satisfy an ever-growing European demand on the micro-launchers segment. They also had the opportunity to learn about new application development opportunities related to the operational and technical capabilities of MIURA 5.
“We continue to work to integrate 100% of our value chain in over 100,000 m2 of design, manufacturing, test and launch facilities, as well as promoting our brand in the European and international arena, both commercially and around talent acquisition,” says Ezequiel Sanchez, Executive President of PLD Space.
The MIURA 5 programme market launch is scheduled for 2025. MIURA 5 will cater for operators of satellites of less than 500 kg, a market segment estimated at about 85% of the global space business. Raúl Verdú, co-founder of PLD Space and commercial development director, said that there is a market potential from the commercialisation process of around €300 million, a figure which could potentially double by the end of this year.