Dawn Aerospace

GAS-AND-GO REUSABILITY, TO SPACE

Our new class of vehicles will provide responsive, low cost hypersonic, suborbital and orbital access. We are leveraging the latest in design and manufacturing while working in a world leading regulatory framework.

MK-1 Vehicle Rocket power in flight

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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.  

MK-1 vehicle takes flight

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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. 

MK-1 Engine ground tests completed

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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.