“We request authorization to launch Miura 1.” Thus, at 2:17 a.m. this Saturday, the two-minute countdown began to launch the first 100% Spanish rocket. It was 2:19 when the technicians PLD Space and the INTA (National Institute of Aerospace Technology) They finally made the dream of the first Spanish rocket become a reality. After two failed attempts, the early morning of this Saturday, October 7, was the date decided to send the Miura 1.
At 2.19 a great flare It invaded the Huelva night (and the screens), while several hoses threw water non-stop so that it would not catch fire. The rocket began to rise and at 2.22 was already 45 kilometers high. “There are no fires on the ramp, it is in perfect condition,” the technicians could be heard saying.
The place chosen for the launch was a place very close to the National Park of Doñana, between the beaches of Mazagón y Matalascañas (Huelva), where INTA has facilities. In fact, the Tourism Parador that is on the beach shortly before reaching Mazagón and its sands were the place where fans and curious people could watch the launch.
The entire launch sequence and its preparations could be followed in streaming, seeing how every minute the emotion was getting greater.
Last may 31 The company postponed the flight of its launcher for the winds at height and the June 17, When he tried again, there was a automatic takeoff abort in just 0.2 seconds of the end of the countdown.