PLD SPACE signs a 25-year concession for rocket engine testing at Teruel Airport

It has been signed, on August the 1st 2018, the formalization of the concession to the company PLD Space (PAYLOAD AEROSPACE S.L.) by the Consortium of the Teruel Airport 

           The company will make an investment of more than 1 million euros to expand the facilities at Teruel Airport

            Teruel Airport offers resources and capabilities to boost the aerospace industry.

PLD Space and the Teruel Airport Consortium have signed the formalization of the concession of a 13,337 m2 space in the Teruel Airport for the company that develops launcher technology. The agreement will be in force for a period of 25 years, with the option of an additional 10-year extension.

The Governing Council of the Teruel Airport Consortium approved in its session of December the 20th 2017 the bidding of the concession for aerospace applications in an area at the far end of the site. Subsequently, the administrative process was initiated and on 16th of July 2018 the company PLD Space was awarded the contract to use the licenced areas and carry out the tests of its rocket motors.

The Councillor for Land Structure, Mobility and Housing and President of the Airport Consortium, José Luis Soro, said that "from the airport platform a R&D (research and development) node has been created, with PLD Space being one of the best examples confirming the potential of PLATA".

For its part, PLD Space will invest more than one million euros in infrastructure for the construction of a new control room, offices, access paths, a rocket engine maintenance hangar and a new test bench to test the complete ARION 1 rocket.

PLD Space began its activity on October the 6th 2014 at the Teruel Airport facilities, through a public property authorization of use initially for 3,570 square meters of surface area where the first test bench for liquid fuel rocket engines in Spain was installed. For the last 4 years, PLD Space has been testing rocket motor technology at the airport, which has allowed the company to demonstrate this technology, generate confidence in private investors throughout Spain and grow in the number of employees.

Following the signing of the concession contract, a follow-up meeting was held between Raúl Torres, CEO of PLD Space and the General Manager of Teruel Airport, Alejandro Ibrahim. In addition, the construction site of the new rocket engine test centre has been visited.

Raúl Torres, CEO of PLD Space, said that "the infrastructure is being consolidated at Teruel Airport, which is fundamental for the growth and competitiveness of our company. Undoubtedly, this new infrastructure will bring us closer to achieving our milestone of launching our rocket into space next year.

On the other hand, the General Director of the Airport, Alejandro Ibrahim, spoke about the facilities offered by the Airport of Teruel: "We are offering our best resources and capabilities to promote and boost the aerospace industry and turn PLD Space into a world leading company in Aeronautics, with rocket motors being a key factor in space transport".

In this way, the Teruel Airport is once again promoting progress in the aerospace sector through the signing of the new concession, which provides a fourfold increase on the previous space set aside for rocket engine testing. This company becomes the second largest licenced with the largest volume permanently located in the airport facilities.

TERUEL AIRPORT is the largest international innovative centre in the aeronautics/aerospace industry with parking, maintenance and recycling of large aircraft in Europe; it also has a flight school, flight tests and trials, general aviation, executive aviation, engine testing, aerial work, medical helicopter service, drones, prototypes, R&D projects and aeronautical training.

It began operations in March 2013 and on its 5th Anniversary it has reached a total of more than 6,000 air operations per year. In the month of June 2018 there was an increase of 761.8% in operations compared to the same month of the previous year. This strong growth is due to its innovative business model focused on industrial airports, developing a platform with air transport companies and helping them to establish and grow.

Despite becoming a profitable industrial airport in five years without serving passenger traffic, surpassing more than 20 national airports in 2018 in terms of operating revenues, it will also start with commercial flights of up to 19 passengers to serve its own customers who demand executive transport services and connections with aeronautical centres in Europe.

The commitment to innovation and its successful business model with the latest technologies; flexible timetables, automatic aeronautical weather information, LED beacon lighting, photovoltaic energy, feasibility for instrumental approaches with satellites, on-demand services, among others, make PLATA an example for the fastest growing airport platform.

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PAYLOAD AEROSPACE S.L. was born as a technological start-up in the space sector in 2011 with the goal of making reusable space rockets to provide launch services to the small satellite market.

The company has recently completed an investment round of 17 million euros, including the Spanish aeronautical firm Aciturri and the investment fund JME Venture Capital, led by José Manuel Entrecanales, CEO of Acciona, the technological multinational GMV and the ALZIS group.

At the beginning of the year, PLD Space also received financial support of two million euros from the European Commission's SME-2 Instrument and, additionally, a contract with the European Space Agency for the detailed study of the ARION 2 satellite launcher.

PLD Space is currently in the manufacturing phase of the first two ARION 1 space rockets to be launched into space next year.  For these upcoming launches, the company is counting on the commercial interest of the German company Telespazio, belonging to the Leonardo and Thales group.

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Raúl Torres, CEO de PLD Space with General Director of Teruel Airport, Alejandro Ibrahim

Project to extend the new PLD Space facilities at Teruel Airport

The Teruel Airport increases the number of operations by 761.8% in June 2018


During the month of June 2018, there was an increase of 761.8% in the number of air operations at the Teruel International Airport compared to the same month of the previous year.

It continues, since the start-up of air traffic in February 2013, with a strong growth in the number of operations, registering 761.8% in June 2018 compared to the previous year. Undoubtedly, the development of the flight school that continues to form more commercial pilots and the development of maintenance, parking and recycling of aircraft have consolidated as the biggest parking and recycling center for aircraft in Europe.

In June, 655 operations were recorded, which significantly increases the supplies of kerosene and AVGAS fuel and the new contract of the concession for 7 years for the fuel supply service is currently underway and have submitted by BP Oil Spain and Repsol.

The airport also offers solutions for flight tests, pilot training of large aircraft, helicopter tests, rocket engine tests, aerial work, emergency medicalized service, RPAS with innovation projects in the H2020 Program, among others.

Its aeronautical industrial character is demonstrated in its activities and it belongs since 2014 to the Aragonese Aerospace cluster, being next week in Farnborough in the biggest meeting of aerospace sector.

The General Director of the airport, Alejandro Ibrahim, said that: "we continue to offer our clients the best proposals of the aviation industry, which is a reflection of the strong growth that has been occurring since it was put into operation in 2013"

Accumulated data for the first semester 2018

The operations accumulated during the first semester of 2018 reached 3,337, which represents 55.7% more than the same semester of the previous year.

In this first semester of 2018, 81% of the total operations of 2017 have already been reached. Therefore, this year 2018 is expected to surpass the data of 6,000 operations per year.

Campa 6 oct 2017


Celebration of 50º Anniversary of the EU Customs Union

Last July 10, 2018 it was celebrated in the Official Chamber of Trade, Industry and Services of Zaragoza the 50 º Anniversary of the Customs Union organized by the Tributary Agency with the assistance of the DG of the Airport of Teruel, Alejandro Ibrahim, who explained the development of the International airport of Teruel since his opening to the air civil traffic in the year 2013 " we have a frontier point that allows the entrance and exit of goods classified under aircraft for the parking of long stay, maintenance and recycling aircraft, being the major center of Europa's parking aircraft ".

The event was organized by the Tributary Agency, presided by Pilar Villaro Gumpert, special delegate of the AEAT in Aragon. At the event also was present Maria Pilar Jurado Borrego, principal of the Customs department and Special Taxes.

Also other companies participated as Opel Spain, BSH, ATEIA, Tarmac Aragón, Bosch España, Group SAMCA, Aena, University of Zaragoza, between others, where they explained the impact and benefits of the customs union produced in Europe and aspects of his increasing development.

The airport of Teruel presented that in 2018 it expects to overcome 6.000 air total operations per year, overcoming in his 5 years from his start up 800 operations with big aircraft. In addition, specialized quality work in maintenance of aircraft and of aeronautical development is generated with more than 250 persons in 10 companies installed in the airport in 5 years.

As for the turolenses exports in 2017, there is estimated an increase of 22,4 % with regard to the previous year, duplicating the aragonese ones in the year 2017, beating this way a new historical annual record in the Autonomous Community of Aragon. Inside the province of Teruel, the capital goods represent the most dynamic sector, supposing 28,1 %. With regard to the importances, the increase in the year 2017 in compared to the previous year was 40,1 %.

The Customs Union celebrate in 2018 his 50 º anniversary, being the only zone of trade composed by 28 countries, where circulate freely goods, being able to commercialized this way inside this zone without customs controls. The principal aims of the Customs Union are to preserve the rules of environment, health and security, and the fight against the piracy, money laundering and persons' traffic. Other one of the aims that it develops is to attack the fraud, avoiding false declarations of IVA and tax evasion.Resultado de imagen de customs union 50 anniversary