Dawn Aerospace



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.


Our Future


Start small, test, refine, then scale. 

Reusability is crucial. No overhaul or refurbishment, just gas and go. 

We are starting small. This is the fastest and most cost effective way to develop a vehicle. Sub scale development gives us an extremely rapid design>build>fly>refine iteration cycle. We can conduct a dozen flight tests in a day. What other rocket based system has ever been able to achieve that? 

Our recoverable, reusable system allows for a development and iteration cycle absolutely unachieved in any other aspect of rocket development. 

Leverage operational and regulatory frameworks

Relatively simple operations and low airspace disruption allow for much greater scaling than traditional rocket operations. There are thousands of runways worldwide, but only a handful of launchpads. 

New Zealand offers an environment unparalleled for operational development. A favourable regulator with international partnerships, along with relatively uncrowded skies allows us to fly further, faster than anywhere else. 

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Our vehicles, step by step

MK-1 vehicle. This is the smallest scale at which we can achieve rocket propulsion on an aircraft. This vehicle is used to refine all systems from the MK-0 as well as develop. This program is currently in progress:

  • Improved vehicle telemetry and up/downlink capability

  • Reusable rocket propulsion system

  • CAA Part 102 operations certificate

MK-2 vehicle. This will build on the MK-1 vehicle with a substantially higher performance airframe, engine and control systems. Work will begin Q3 2018 with the first flight scheduled for 2020. 

MK-3 vehicle. This our orbital vehicles, adding a second stage to the core technology developed in the MK-2 vehicle.