Boosting the small
satellites industry

Who
are we?

We are a pioneering Spanish company in the aerospace sector and a reference within Europe in the development of reusable rockets, with a recognized prestige in the sector and a solid project that has become a reality through its launch vehicles: the MIURA 1 suborbital and MIURA 5 orbital rockets, which will place Spain among the few countries with the capacity to successfully send small satellites to space.

PLD Space was founded by Raúl Torres and Raúl Verdú in Elche (Alicante), and now has more than 80 employees

Since 2012, we have received the support of many high-level space industry companies, and we have currently received more than 50 million dollars in funding.

Key
Figures

+ 80

Employees

+ 100.000

Horsepower per engine

+ 1000 L

Kerosene

16.000 sqm

facilities

3

work centers

+ 1.000.000

hours of engineering

PLD Space

Microgravity offers a new development arena for tech-base companies and research centers.

MIURA 1
  • Earth sciences: geophysics, geology, geography, climatology, hydrology, meteorology, oceanography.
  • Space sciences: astrophysics, planetary sciences, human research, space radiation, health studies.
  • Technological development: deforestation, pollution, global warming, extinction of animals and plants.
  • IN-SPACE validation.
MIURA 5
  • Agriculture: monitor fields, make start farming decisions.
  • Defense & Intelligence: see ships move.
  • Energy & Infrastructure: monitor infrastructure development and track resources globally.
  • Forestry: track carbon emissions in near real time.
  • Global Communications: Provide instantly deployable connectivity or long-term access solutions.
  • In-flight connectivity: provide business jet, commercial airline and military aviation customer with low latency broadband at 30,000 ft.
  • Rural coverage: designed to extend these networks into rural areas and create affordable connectivity for all.
  • Disaster relief and climate change.

PLD Space:
evolution

  • PLD Space and HISPASAT

    2020

    Agreement to collaborate in the compatibility analysis of small satellites on board MIURA 5 rocket 

  • PLD Space

    2020

    Successful full rocket engine test for MIURA 1 mission

  • PLD space, CDTI and CNES agreement

    2019

    Agreement to study launch MIURA 5 from the European space port French Guiana.

  • Drop recovery test

    2019

    Recovery drop test, carried out with the demonstrator of the first stage of the MIURA 5, successfully achieved.

  • Drop test in Arizona

    2019

    Drop test to check the parachutes in Arizona along with Airborne Systems North America.

  • ESA Contract Termination

    2018

    In November the results were presented at the Small Satellites Launchers Congress at ESA (Study of small satellite launchers for ESA) Headquarters in Paris

  • PLD Space and RUAG

    2018

    Sign a commercial agreement to develop structures for MIURA 1 and MIURA 5.

  • PLD Space and ZARM

    2018

    Sign a Launch Agreement for the first test flight of the MIURA 1 launch vehicle.

  • PLD Space and Airborne Systems North America

    2018

    Sign two contracts to develop PLD Space launcher recovery systems.

  • PLD Space and Telespazio VEGA

    2018

    Sign MoU to provide suborbital flight opportunities from Europe on-board the MIURA 1.

  • SERIE A

    2018

    ACITURRI AND JME Venture Capital join GMV and Alzis as investment partners of PLD Space, reaching € 17M.

  • AEE

    2016

    First contract with the European Space Agency.

  • Partner and investor

    2016

    In December, the Series A1 financing round concludes and GMV joins PLD Space as a technology and investment partner.

  • Liquid rocket engine

    2015

    In June, PLD Space became the first European private company to develop a reusable liquid rocket engine for small & reusable launchers focused on the small satellite market.

  • Facilities

    2015

    In February 2015 PLD Space completes the construction of the first first private rocket test facilities in Europe, located at Teruel Airport, which include the first private rocket engine bank in Europe.

  • First round of investment

    2013

    In June, PLD Space closed its 1-million-Euro seed round with the participation of a group of more than 20 private investors and the support of CDTI, Caixa Capital Risc and IVF.

  • Founded

    2011

    The company was founded by Raúl Torres and Raúl Verdú.

News

December 27, 2021
Corporate
PLD Space closes a Series B investment round of $28 million
November 23, 2021
Corporate
PLD Space exhibits the first privately-developed Spanish rocket and positions the country at the forefront of the industry in Europe
May 27, 2021
Corporate
PLD Space receives €1M contract from ESA to study the reuse of the MIURA 5 booster