Initially referred to as Arion 1, Miura 1 is 12.5-meters (41 ft) tall, and it has a payload capability of 100 kg (200 lb). As a degree of comparability, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 carries 25,000 kilograms (55,000 lb) to LEO, and Rocket Lab’s Electron lifts between 200–300 kg (440–660 lb). The Miura 1 is fueled by a mix of liquid oxygen and kerosene.
The rocket will attain an altitude of roughly 153 kilometers earlier than deploying its payloads into LEO. Its first stage will then return to Earth and deploy its predominant parachute at an altitude of roughly 3 kilometers. This enables it to carry out a gentle splashdown over the ocean, the place a helicopter will come to elevate it away.
It will not be fairly as jaw-dropping as SpaceX’s automated booster landings and even Rocket Lab’s helicopter booster-catching technique, however will probably be a powerful begin nonetheless.
El Arenosillo, Huelva: ‘Spain’s Cape Canaveral’
Now that Miura 1’s full mission take a look at is accomplished, PLD House goals to launch its rocket from El Arenosillo in Huelva within the south of Spain.
In 1966, NASA contracted the Spanish Authorities to launch meteorological rockets as a way to research wind and temperature variations within the first 100 km of altitude of the ambiance. Because of this, El Arenosillo was born, a facility that some now confer with because the nation’s, and certainly Europe’s, personal model of Cape Canaveral.
As PLD House factors out on its web site, the ability, which is run by Spain’s Ministry of Protection, has launched greater than 550 sounding rockets. Additionally it is graced by sunny climate and delicate temperatures for 85 % of the 12 months, making it a great launch location.