A last-minute technical issue caused the launch of Spain’s first rocket, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday after the countdown concluded, to be scrubbed. The news was announced by the start-up company PLD Space.
Raul Torres, a co-founder of PLD Space, tweeted that the launch of the Miura 1 rocket in the province of Huelva in the country’s southern provence of Huelva was “automatically aborted” because part of the umbilicals, which are used to give power and fuel to rockets, did not release as they should have.
He continued by saying, “We will analyze the data in order to have more information.”
The launch of the Miura 1, which is named after a breed of fighting bulls, had been planned for the 31st of May but had to be postponed because of the high winds.
The little reusable rocket, which stood about 12 meters (40 feet) tall, was intended to travel 100 kilometers (62 miles) above the surface of the Earth.
Even though reaching that distance would place it in outer space, the rocket’s power level is not sufficient to send it into orbit.
The payload for Saturday’s sub-orbital flight was supposed to include experiments that would be conducted in microgravity.
Launchers are in high demand as businesses compete to meet the demands of an expanding satellite industry.
The next decade is expected to see the launch of around 18,500 tiny orbiters weighing less than 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds), according to analysts working for Euroconsult.