MIRA-Light is a scaled-down version of MIRA measuring 2.5 meters in length, designed to complement its larger and heavier counterpart, the aerospike flight demonstrator MIRA – scheduled for its inaugural flight by year-end.
The primary objective of MIRA-Light is to rigorously test and fine-tune the flight control systems for MIRA.
“MIRA-Light represents our 4th vehicle to take to the skies. Leveraging our extensive experience, we have managed to keep the overall project costs, encompassing personnel and hardware expenses, for design, manufacturing, and flight-testing, to a remarkably low figure, totaling just a few tens of thousands. The vehicle was designed and built in parallel with MIRA within a matter of weeks”, POLARIS Raumflugzeuge said on the social media
Since the first flight went flawlessly, we directly started the flight controller testing and calibration program the same day. By the end of the day, MIRA-Light had already completed five flights without encountering any issues. Looking ahead, we are poised to conduct approximately 10 to 15 additional flights in the coming weeks to conclude POLARIS Raumflugzeuge’s comprehensive testing program.