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International Space Flight (ESA, Russia, China and others) => Suborbital Missions => Topic started by: SciNews on 09/01/2021 07:04 am

Title: Dawn Aerospace Mk-II Aurora suborbital spaceplane
Post by: SciNews on 09/01/2021 07:04 am
"Dawn Aerospace Flight Testing Commences – Five Flights Complete"
https://www.dawnaerospace.com/blog/mkii-flight-testing-commences
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Dawn Aerospace, a New Zealand-Dutch space transportation company, has conducted five flights of the company’s Mk-II Aurora suborbital spaceplane. The flights were to assess the airframe and avionics of the vehicle, and were conducted using surrogate jet engines. 

The campaign was run from Glentanner Aerodrome in New Zealand’s South Island. Taxi testing commenced in early July and five flights occurred between the 28th and 30th of July, reaching altitudes of 3,400 feet.

Dawn is creating reusable and sustainable space technologies – suborbital and orbital rocket-powered planes – that operate much like a fleet of aircraft, taking off and landing horizontally at airports.

Mk-II is a suborbital plane designed to fly 100 km above the Earth, and aims to be the first vehicle to access space multiple times per day. The vehicle serves as a technology demonstrator for the two-stage-to-orbit-vehicle, the Mk-III. Mk-II will also be used to capture atmospheric data used for weather and climate modelling, and to conduct scientific research and technology demonstrations.
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