PLD Space will test the MIURA 1 at Teruel airport

PLD Space will carry out the Miura 1 rocket tests at its facilities at Teruel Airport.

The rocket will be tested on the company's test bench at the airport for the combined qualification tests. The rocket measures 12.2 meters in length and will be launched at the end of 2022 at a height of 153 kilometers.

At the Teruel Airport facilities, tests of the complete rocket will be carried out, but without load and in static mode, all the systems and the engine will be proposed. On launch into space, the rocket will carry a 100-kilogram load of instruments for microgravity research.

PLD Space currently has two engine test benches at Teruel Airport, and plans to build another three to test the Miura 5, the reusable rocket that will succeed the Miura 1 to reach greater heights and launch small satellites from different customers public and private.

The Miura 1 rocket is the first fully functional and integrated flight qualification rocket. Once the appropriate tests are carried out, it will travel to the El Aeronosillo base in Huelva for the validation of the ground infrastructure with the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA).

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Teruel, the airport with most aircraft grounded in Europe

As European skies are a lot emptier in 2020, and the big commercial airports even more so, many people wonder where airlines are storing their aircraft during the pandemic. The (only at first sight) surprising answer is: in Teruel, Aragón.

Teruel airport, dedicated exclusively to MRO and other industrial activities, has been reuniting the biggest number of grounded planes in Europe for the last months. More than 130 airplanes, from the smaller Boeing 737 to a dozen impressive A-380, are sitting in the Teruel plains like a group of big white birds patiently waiting for their journey to continue.

The dry climate of the Teruel region, with ist altitude of more than 1.000 meters above sea level, is perfect for the storage of aircraft. The strategic decision of the Government of Aragon to install an industrial airport here has brought, through Tarmac and other companies based at the airport, over 400 new jobs to the area.

Planes grounded by coronavirus park at Spain´s Teruel.

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Teruel Airport already has authorization to receive flights with passengers

The General Directorate of Transport of the Goverment of Aragon, AESA and the General Directorate of Civil Aviation issue favorable authorization and reports to the Teruel airport.

Teruel Airport already has the authorization to receive passenger flights of up to 19. From the General Directorate of Transport, the existing authorization for air traffic was modified to accommodate this type of commercial passenger traffic flights, without the provision of AFIS services.

The Minister of Territory Vertebration, Mobility and Housing, José Luis Soro, highlighted that with this new service we continue to advance in the growth of the Teruel Airport. "We opened the commercial activity of the airport to the arrival of aircraft with passengers on a discretionary and to the use of the facilities for air taxis. At this moment the Airport can be used for executive flight.

Soro explained that "the last necessary step was the mandatory report from the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda that we already have at the moment."

The general director of the Teruel Airport, Alejandro Ibrahim, explained that in March 2019 we started with the procedures to get to this moment. We also have favorable reports from the State Aviation Safety Agency and we have been adapting Teruel Airport to the needs. "Some of these measures are the placement of a metal detector arch, an X-ray inspection equipment for luggage or a Explosives and drugs trace detection equipment In addition, the triple safety and sanitary control measure for passenger use: remote infrared temperature measurement, visual inspection and the location form, known as the Passenger Location Card (PLC).

Teruel Airport is managed through the Consortium formed by the Government of Aragon and the Teruel City Council.

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