24/7 Space News
ESA and PLD Space join forces to enhance small satellite launch flexibility
illustration only
ESA and PLD Space join forces to enhance small satellite launch flexibility
by Erica Marchand
Paris (SPX) Feb 22, 2024

In a significant stride towards expanding Europe's capabilities in the burgeoning small satellite launch market, the European Space Agency (ESA) and PLD Space have inked a deal to co-fund the development of a cutting-edge payload accommodation system. This collaboration is set to enhance the flexibility and competitiveness of satellite deployments, leveraging the advanced capabilities of PLD Space's upcoming Miura 5 launch vehicle.

The partnership between ESA and PLD Space, fortified with a euro 1.3 million co-funding agreement, is focused on the creation of the Modular Solution for Payload Adapter (MOSPA). This innovative system is designed to offer unparalleled flexibility in accommodating a wide variety of satellites, from CubeSats to microsatellites, thereby meeting the diverse needs of researchers and commercial customers alike.

Following the successful inauguration of the suborbital launch vehicle Miura 1 in October 2023, which can carry up to 100 kg to heights of 150 km above Earth, PLD Space is setting its sights higher with the Miura 5. This larger, two-stage rocket aims to deliver up to 540 kg of hardware into sun-synchronous orbit. Notably, Miura 5's first stage is designed for recovery and reuse, a feature that underscores the industry's shift towards sustainable space exploration practices.

The MOSPA system stands at the heart of this ambitious project, promising to revolutionize how satellites are deployed into orbit. By developing hardware that is both lightweight and highly adaptable, PLD Space aims to cater to the evolving demands of the satellite market. This effort is bolstered by the expertise of OCCAM Space, a key partner renowned for its proficiency in space sector structures and mechanisms.

ESA's Jorgen Bru expressed optimism about the collaboration, noting PLD Space's proven track record and the potential of the MOSPA system to elevate market competitiveness. PLD Space's Chief Business Development Officer, Raul Verdu, echoed this sentiment, highlighting the significance of the Boost! contract win with OCCAM Space and its role in validating ESA's confidence in their approach.

Manuel Serrano, CEO of OCCAM Space, emphasized the synergy between the companies and the shared goal of enhancing the competitiveness of European small launchers. This partnership not only marks a milestone in PLD Space's development journey but also signifies a broader effort to fortify Europe's position in the global space industry.

With eyes set on a 2025 first flight from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, Miura 5 embodies the aspirations of PLD Space, ESA, and their partners to redefine access to space for small satellites. This venture represents a pivotal step in addressing the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the small satellite segment, offering a glimpse into a future where space is more accessible, sustainable, and versatile for a broad array of missions and applications.

Related Links
Boost! at ESA
Rocket Science News at Space-Travel.Com

Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters

The following news reports may link to other Space Media Network websites.
Japan successfully launches next-gen H3 rocket
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 17, 2024
Japan's space agency toasted a successful blast-off for its new flagship rocket on Saturday, making it third time lucky after years of delays and two previous failed attempts. The next-generation H3 has been mooted as a rival to SpaceX's Falcon 9, and could one day deliver cargo to bases on the Moon. "I've been in the space industry for a long time, but I've never felt so happy before, and I've never felt so relieved," said Hiroshi Yamakawa, president of space agency JAXA. The latest launch ... read more

Flawless Photonics to Test Groundbreaking In-Space Glass Fabrication on ISS

Russia launches supply rocket to ISS

Space Perspective Unveils The Future Of Human Space Travel

Millennium Space Systems Partners with Voyager for Next-Gen uSTAR-250 Star Trackers

ESA and PLD Space join forces to enhance small satellite launch flexibility

Rocket Lab Schedules Launch Date for 45th Electron Mission to Deploy Earth-Imaging Satellite for Synspective

STORIES of Space teams with Maritime Launch Services for a Nova Scotia launch

Equatorial Launch Australia Partners with Equatorial Space Systems for Rocket Launches in 2024

Fun Math and a New Butte: Sols 4096-4097

NASA seeks candidates for yearlong simulated Mars mission

Partial Cover Malfunction on Perseverance's SHERLOC Instrument Impacts Mars Research

Confirmation of ancient lake on Mars builds excitement for Perseverance rover's samples

BIT advances microbiological research on Chinese Space Station

Shenzhou 18 and 19 crews undertake intensive training for next missions

Space Pioneer and LandSpace Lead China's Private Sector to New Heights in Space

Tianzhou 6 burns up safely reentering Earth

Sidus Space Advances with LizzieSat Satellites LS-2 and LS-3 Production on Track

Trinity Capital commits $120 million in equipment financing to Rocket Lab

UK invests in pioneering Mars and Lunar science with new funding

Axiom Space and UK Space Agency seek innovative projects for upcoming mission

Japanese space debris inspection probe launched

ESA's ERS-2 satellite to fall back to Earth after 30 years in orbit

European satellite to crash back to Earth within week

Multi-orbit SATCOM solution by Hughes selected for AFRL's DEUCSI initiative

Passing Stars Altered Orbital Changes in Earth, Other Planets

SETI Institute Utilizes Advanced Ellipsoid Technique in Quest for Extraterrestrial Signals

Scientists Unveil Free-Floating Planetary Giants in the Orion Nebula

UC Irvine-led team unravels mysteries of planet formation and evolution in distant solar system

NASA invites public to dive into Juno's Spectacular Images of Io

Europa Clipper gears up with full instrument suite onboard

New images reveal what Neptune and Uranus really look like

Researchers reveal true colors of Neptune, Uranus

Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2024 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.