scoop.co.nz 24 Mar, 2021 20:15 am

Dawn Aerospace Launches Eighth In-Space Propulsion Unit

Dawn Aerospace Launches Eighth In-Space Propulsion Unit
23 March 2021 – Christchurch, NZ - Dawn Aerospace has announced another of the company’s CubeSat propulsion units, designed to manoeuvre small satellites in space, has been successfully launched. The CubeSat propulsion unit flew on Hiber Three, ...

The CubeSat propulsion unit flew on Hiber Three, an Internet-of-Things (IoT) satellite created by European company Hiber.The CubeSat propulsion unit is a new-to-market, green propulsion system by Dawn Aerospace and Hyperion Technologies.The propulsion unit allowed Hiber Three to use a cost-effective rideshare launch to reach orbit, but then manoeuvre into position with the already on-orbit Hiber One, Two and Four under its own power - becoming part of the constellation.The propulsion unit is used to push a satellite back towards Earth, and the 10cm x 10cm x 30 cm (3U) satellite will burn-up on re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.

Last night’s success makes this the eighth in-space propulsion unit Dawn has launched this year - another CubeSat propulsion unit launched on SpaceX’s Transporter-1 mission in January, along with six of the company’s B20 thrusters.The Dawn Aerospace CubeSat propulsion unit launched on Hiber Three was manufactured in Christchurch, New Zealand, prior to assembly and acceptance testing in Delft, Netherlands.

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