New Zealand-based Dawn Aerospace, which is developing green bi-propellant satellite propulsion systems, has signed an MoU with Chicago-based turnkey satellite solutions company Orbital Transports.
With this partnership, Dawn’s propulsion systems will be made more readily available in the US, beginning with the 0.5N CubeSat propulsion module and 22N hydrazine replacement thrusters.
Since releasing their products to market in early 2019, Dawn has reportedly generated sales of approximately US$950K, including a Phase 1 SBIR contract from the United States Airforce.
“Chicago is well situated to tap into the East Coast and Mid West’s growing new space industry,” said Jeroen Wink, Dawn Aerospace CEO. “We have confidence in David Hurst and the experience the Orbital Transports team brings. Helping customers navigate this ever-growing market and ensure their mission is a success, this is exactly what’s needed for the NanoSat industry.”
“Dawn’s green bi-propellant propulsion systems really do give customers enhanced capabilities for their mission”, said David Hurst, Orbital Transports Founder and CEO. “Client’s are coming to us asking ‘How do I get my satellite into position quickly and keep it online longer?’ With Dawn’s high performance propulsion tech, this is easy to answer. We’re very excited to bring Dawn on as a partner”.
Dawn has also signed an MoU with New Zealand’s Waitaki District Council for suborbital flights out of Oamaru Airport, New Zealand. The company is now preparing for a second suborbital test flight, with its Mk-II suborbital airframe en-route to New Zealand.