Dawn Begins Suborbital Spaceplane Flight Tests

The Mk-II suborbital spaceplane is powered by surrogate jet engines for initial testing.
Credit: Dawn Aerospace
Startup Dawn Aerospace has completed initial test flights of a reusable suborbital spaceplane demonstrator in New Zealand. The Mk-II Aurora completed five flights for Glentanner Aerodrome on South Island in late July The 4.8-m-long (15.7-m), 280-kg (620-lb.) Mk-II is a technology demonstrator for...

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