Boosting the small
satellites industry

Who
are we?

We are a launch company established in Spain, wich develops reusable, cost-effective space launch vehicles. PLD Space was founded by Raúl Torres, Raúl Verdú and Eleazar González in Elche (Alicante), and now has more than 40 employees.  

We are currently developing two launchers, the suborbital MIURA 1 and the orbital MIURA 5, both of which will greatly impact the space launch industry.

Since 2012, we have received the support of many high-level space industry companies, and currently we have currently received 18 million euros in funding.

Key
Figures

+ 40

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.

  • PLD

    2014

    Desarrollo y progreso tecnológico.

  • 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. Eleazar González joins PLD Space and becomes co-founder and first employee.

  • Founded

    2011

    The company was founded by Raúl Torres and Raúl Verdú.

News

September 15, 2020
Corporate
PLD Space closes €7M investment in tie-up with Arcano Partners
August 4, 2020
Corporate
The IVF finances the Valencian aerospace transport company PLD Space with two million euros
March 3, 2020
Corporate
PLD Space and HISPASAT agreement to collaborate in the compatibility analysis of small satellites on board MIURA 5 rocket