Dawn Aerospace spaceplane successfully completes first rocket-powered flights (video)

Dawn Aerospace’s robotic spaceplane flew with a rocket engine for the first time last month, taking an important step toward the company’s goal of building a fully and rapidly reusable craft.

Last week, the 15.7-foot-long (4.8 meters) Aurora Mk-II flew three times and “all test objectives were met,” Dawn reps said in a statement (opens in a new tab) published Wednesday, April 5. The company also released a minute-long video showing the sleek spaceplane flying over the beautiful South Island of New Zealand, close to Glentanner Airfield where the tests were carried out.

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