This is Dawn Aerospace’s MK-III: the space plane that promises to travel to orbit and launch satellites several times a day
Dawn Aerospace is the latest aerospace company to join the race to conquer the aerospace industry. As a differential method, they don’t use rockets as such, but reusable space planes that also promise to be able to make several flights in a single day. And they are on the right track, so far their prototype has already flown successfully in different test tests.
The goal of Dawn Aerospace is to be able to develop reusable space planes. With these planes he raises launch satellites into space more economically when using an airplane instead of a rocket and above all because it is reusable. They are not the first to develop this idea, although they have made the most progress so far. Perhaps the closest thing that has already come true is the Virgin Galactic idea.
What Dawn Aerospace raises is take off and land your space plane like a normal one and stream from an airstrip. When it takes off, it is loaded with the payload or satellite on duty that it wants to place in orbit. It first reaches a height of around 100 kilometers above the earth’s surface and once there the second stage takes off.
The second stage is a small rocket that carries the payload up into space and into orbit. Meanwhile, the space plane returns to the surface and lands on the runway. Once the small rocket reaches orbit, it uncouples the charge and falls back to Earth disintegrating in the atmosphere. Dawn Aerospace says that 94.5% of hardware recoversIn other words, the lost rocket is only 5.5% of all mission hardware.
At the moment the idea of Dawn Aerospace has yet to become 100% a reality. For now what they have achieved is make the first flights with the aerospace plane. Specifically with the MK-11 Aurora prototype, which is a scaled-down version of what will be MK-III (4.8 meters vs. 18 meters in length). As indicated, they successfully carried out the first flight tests during the month of July.
The company conducted the tests at an airfield on New Zealand’s south island. Tests to evaluate the fuselage and other characteristics of the space plane. They explain that in a period of three days they completed a total of five flights. During one of the days, two flights were completed, with a difference of just 90 minutes among them. With this, Dawn Aerospace seeks to demonstrate the capabilities of its vehicle, which would allow launching several missions a day without apparent problem.
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