Can space exploration really be affordable, reusable and environmentally friendly?
Dawn Aerospace co-founder James Powell believes so, with the company creating sustainable rocket-powered aircraft to facilitate suborbital and orbital flight. James founded Dawn with his brother Stefan and three European engineers in 2017. Their mission is to operate much like a fleet of aircraft, carrying satellites and cargo into space multiple times per day from all over the world.
Movac, New Zealand’s largest technology investment firm, came onboard in May 2021 to help scale production of Dawn’s existing in-space propulsion products, which have been sold to customers globally since 2019, and progress its suborbital plane to a fully-fledged commercial service.
Movac partner Mark Stuart was first introduced to the Dawn crew late last year, and says that despite his initial skepticism of the company’s goal, once he had the opportunity to meet the team and see how much they had already achieved first-hand, he was a true believer.