Dawn have successfully passed European Space Agency qualification standards for their 3D printed pressure vessels used in their satellite propulsion systems. This marks a major step towards delivering world leading, green small satellite propulsion systems with performance historically only capable with highly toxic hydrazine.
Dawn are very excited to announce a new funding round. The round, lead by Tuhua Ventures, was heavily oversubscribed with additional participation from Silicon Valley CTO Eric Swan, Innovation Quarter and Aera VC. The funding will be used to accelerate development of Dawn’s world leading satellite propulsion systems and reusable space launch vehicles.
Dawn are proud to announce receiving a grant from the New Zealand Government backed Callaghan Innovation. This funding will help us accelerate the development of our MK-2 vehicle, a completely reusable sub-orbital space flight vehicle.
Today we brought together our engine, our learnings from our MK-0 vehicle and the basic MK-1 vehicle qualification to achieve rocket power in flight.
All systems ran nominally however some issues with propellant pressure meant that only a single rocket activation was possible.
Today we achieved a successful maiden flight for our MK-1 vehicle. We followed this maiden with two more flights that day.
Our MK-1 vehicle is the fastest and lowest cost route to developing the basic systems required to achieve autonomous, reusable rocket powered flight capability. The MK-1 integrates all the hardware and software from the MK-0 vehicle while adding the required payload to also carry our rocket engine and propellant. We have also added a recovery parachute and telemetry+up/downlink systems. The MK-1 has significantly higher performance (speed, altitude, endurance, etc) than the MK-0 vehicle.
Our full sensory system integration has allowed us to conduct our first fully autonomous flight, from roll out to wheels stopped.
This was a great achievement on our MK-0 basic architecture development vehicle.
A couple of months of development have paid off with our first from-scrach engine completing qualification testing. To date we have conducted over 50 burns without having to overhaul or conduct any maintenance.
Proper reusability is a key requirement for our development path to space and this engine is a first step in demonstrating we can build low maintenance, completely reusable (not refurbishable) engines.
Our workshop has everything required to design, manufacture and test our vehicles including:
- General fabrication
- CNC machining
- Composite manufacture
- Vacuum testing
- Load, thrust and other structural testing