Launch site of Médano del Loro. “El Arenosillo” Test Centre, at the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) Huelva, Spain.
7th October, 02:00h to 10:00h CET (00:00h to 08:00h UTC)
7th October 2023, 02:00h CET (00:00h UTC)
7th October, 01:00h CET (6th october, 23:00h UTC)
Scientific experiment of the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM).
THE FLIGHT LASTS 12 MINUTES IN TOTAL
TIME IN MICROGRAVITY
OF APOGEE OF THE SUBORBITAL FLIGHT
TO RECOVER THE PAYLOAD AFTER THE FLIGHT
The objective of the first flight of the MIURA 1 SN1 technology demonstration of PLD Space is to acquire as much information as possible about the flight in order to obtain data that helps determine the validation process and the design of the technology, along with any potential improvements or changes in the development that will subsequently be made to the MIURA 5 orbital launch system. In this sense, every second that MIURA 1 is in the air will be a successful second. This first mission will enable PLD Space to check the performance of key technologies during flight time, which is something that has not been possible before. The following will be analysed:
The secondary objectives of the mission will focus on acquiring in flight information about different subsystems, especially in relation to the performance of MIURA 1 during the re-entry, as well as the possibility of arriving in splashdown conditions that ensure the recovery of the rocket in the Atlantic Ocean. To meet this objective there are two boats in the designated splashdown area for an eventual recovery of MIURA 1. To this end, there are also divers that specialise in offshore underwater operations and air surveillance teams.
The mission is expected to last 12 minutes. The ascent phase will be the first 6 minutes of the flight, when, in microgravity and apogee conditions, the 80 km altitude will be reached. The mission will end with the recovery of the rocket in the Atlantic Ocean after splashdown. The MIURA1 SN1 mission has an experiment from the German Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) on board, and the objective of this is to study microgravity conditions. In this way, this first suborbital flight will enable ZARM to obtain the necessary information to carry out scientific experiments on future Suborbital flights.
Below there is a temporary list of the lead-up events in the chronology of MIURA 1. Both the times and the sequencing are shown for guidance only.
|TIME AT T0||LAUNCH OPERATIONS|
|T0-09:00:00||AVIONIC STARTUP SEQUENCE|
|T0-06:00:00||REFUEL WITH RP-1|
|T0-05:00:00||REFUEL OF RCS AND REFUEL He|
|T0-03:30:00||REFUEL PROPELLANT: HELIUM|
|T0-03:30:00||REFUEL PROPELLENT: LIQUID OXYGEN|
|T0-01:15:00||GROUND SEGMENT CHECKS WITH
EXTENSIVE RANGE MONITORING
|T0-00:45:00||AVIONICS TERMINAL TESTS
|T0-2 min (idle)||HOLD1|
|T0-2 min (and counting)||AUTOSEQUENCE|
The MIURA 1 launch can only and exclusively be seen in person on the beach of the Mazagón Parador hotel, which can only be accessed through the cark park called Parking Playa Parador de Mazagón (Camino la Guijarrosa, 359, 21130, Huelva.