The Spanish satellite operator PLD Space has finalized its Teprel-B rocket engine technical tests. This engine will be running the Miura 1 space vehicle, which has only one capsule. PLD Space reported victory in the trajectory tests of this kerosene-powered rocket engine by the end of last month. A video of the tests in action showcases the engine thrusting through its maximum speed with fire expunging from the rocket prototype. The three tests conducted proved the activation, command, and sporadic response of the engine in the desired vector path.
The chief executive of PLD Space tweeted that the engine had performed excellently in its tests hoping that the same performance will be replicated in the actual mission. He reiterates that the engine is getting closer to achieving the standards for a full-sized flight mission. These tests took place at PLD Space’s test grounds in Teruel. This test site is within the Teruel Airport. PLD Space is operating in this airport as a tenant in a 25-year deal. The firm is already topping the site with a control center, stage depot, and infrastructure for conducting tests.
Initially, the firm tested the tensile strength of the Miura 1 vessel by pressurizing it in a test flight. Several other tests have reached the completion stage for the vehicle that will contain this engine. These events are a sign that the firm is putting in more effort into the launch preparation for this rocket and proving its reliability in deploying simplistic satellites.
Last year, PLD Space witnessed an explosion of its prototype engine, making the firm invest more in the technology of wrapping up the engine and its devices. The firm has been redesigning and developing the engine to obtain a perfect model that withstands all the potential pressures after a series of investigations and reviews.
The success of this Teprel-B rocket engine tests puts the firm in a favorable position to deploy Miura 1 rocket for the first time since it began developing it. The deployment of this mission will be at the El Arenosillo launch site close to Huelva in Spain. To sum up, the satellite operator announced that the flight could host 100 kilograms of cargo to the low-Earth orbit. In this realm, the firm explained that the vehicle would dive back to Earth after deploying the payload, although the gravity pull might slightly press on it.