The prototype of a reusable cosmoplane committed five flights in three days


Dawn Aerospace successfully conducted five test flights of the unmanned SUBRUBITAL COSMOP MK-II AURORA. For three days in a row, a prototype equipped with surrogate jet engines was rising into the sky over New Zealand to height over 1000 meters. During the tests, the engineers of the Dutch-New Zealand company were able to evaluate the performance of the fuselage and avionics.

MK-II Aurora has developed for horizontal take-off and landing on the usual runway. While the prototype is installed temporary jet engines, which will then be replaced with liquid fuel rockets on hydrogen peroxide and kerosene — they are now passing static tests. With their help, the device will be able to develop supersonic speeds and rise to a height of 100 km, to the border of the cosmos,

According to the developers, the MK-II is a prototype, a predecessor of a more advanced two-stage MK-III apparatus, designed for flights from any major airport in the world. The company intends to build a fleet of Cosmoplas, which will work according to the model of commercial airlines.

«Dawn is aimed at a steady and large-scale access to space, and our MK-II apparatus is completely reusable,» said Stefan Powell head. — The team has collected important data for the further development of MK-II features. I am very proud of our engineers who developed and built the device that flew perfectly for the first time, as was conceived. We are satisfied with the results and speed of preparation — we made five departures in three days, and two flights took place with a pause of 90 minutes. «

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