Dawn Aerospace’s Spaceplane Wins New Zealand Aircraft Certification

Dawn Aerospace thinks commercial suborbital flights could be sold on the Mk-II Aurora spaceplane, for instance to carry out Earth observation missions, microgravity research or in-situ atmospheric measurements.

Credit: Dawn Aerospace
Dawn Aerospace’s Mk. 2 Aurora spaceplane has received an aircraft certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand. The company plans to use the certification to start a flight test campaign of the rocket-powered spaceplane in April, it said March 24. The Christchurch startup has...
Garrett Reim

Based in the Seattle area, Garrett covers the space sector and advanced technologies that are shaping the future of aerospace and defense, including space startups, advanced air mobility and artificial intelligence.

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