London, 16 November 2023 – Dawn Aerospace, a space transportation company, announced on the 14th of November the formation of a new subsidiary Dawn Aerospace France SAS based in Toulouse. The office will initially focus on customer support, business development and research and development (R&D). Dawn Aerospace already has offices based in the Netherlands, New Zealand and the USA.
The subsidiary announcement took place at the Space Tech Expo Europe in Bremen at the Occitanie region plateau, and was attended by the VP of the region, Jalil Benabdillah.
The company believes that the move will allow them to build long-term partnerships with French entities to provide unique, European-made propulsion solutions in Toulouse, a city with a rich history in aerospace.
Dawn is a provider of satellite chemical green-propulsion systems with 69 units of hardware on 14 operational satellites and a further 200 delivered to international customers awaiting launch. The systems use non-toxic propellants, nitrous oxide and propylene, which the company states reduces the complexity and costs associated with commonly used toxic propellants such as hydrazine.
“We are excited to be putting down roots in Toulouse, a city with a rich history in aerospace and a strong community of aerospace innovators”, said Stefan Powell, Dawn Aerospace CEO. “This move puts us closer to our French customers and will allow us to build long-term partnerships with French entities to provide unique, European-made propulsion solutions.”
Dawn is also building a spaceplane, which will be their reusable launch vehicle. A subscale technology demonstrator, the Mk-II Aurora, has completed 50 test flights, 47 of which had surrogate jet engines and 3 under rocket power.