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THE AEROSPACE INNOVATION IS TESTED IN THE AIRPORT OF TERUEL

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The Consortium of the Airport of Teruel, composed of the Government of Aragon and Teruel Town Council, underlined the importance that the airport is a reference in the establishment of companies which are committed to RDI.

Last week, there was a visit to the facilities of PLD Space. This company has an area of 3,500 m2 in the airport, and it also has a test bench for rocket engines of liquid fuel. PLD Space has its headquarters in the province of Alicante, but the engine tests take place in the Airport of Teruel. One of the challenges of the company is the development of a type of engines and rockets which could be reused. In this way, the expenses and environmental impact could be reduced.

José Luis Soro, the responsible for the department of Territory Integration, Mobility and Housing in Aragon, as well as the chairman of the Consortium, underlined the importance of this company in the airport. This is due to the fact that this company 'strengthens the position of the airport as an innovation centre, which has a positive impact on Aragon and Teruel'. Accordingly, he considers that 'the challenge is to assure that more activities, tests and works could be developed in facilities of Teruel'.

Currently, the company is developing a new family of small rocket launchers for suborbital and orbital markets, ARION-1 y ARION-2. PLD Space has a bench for the test of propulsion systems for aircrafts and suborbital vehicles in the Airport of Teruel. In 2014, the company set up in the airport, and the engine test is developed in this area. In their facilities in the Airport of Teruel, they also have an additional test bench and they are developing their projects and test for ESA (European Space Agency), and for the German Space Agency. 

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