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Dawn Aerospace

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World Leading Green Satellite Propulsion & Reusable Spacecraft

Dawn Aerospace is bringing world-leading small-satellite propulsion systems to market and developing same-day reusable launch vehicles. 

Dawn's satellite propulsion systems are currently in production, shipping to customers worldwide. The company is developing vehicles to provide responsive, reusable and therefore very low-cost space flight. Current single-use rockets for small satellite launch are expensive and rarely available.

By building these technologies in tandem, Dawn is creating the end-to-end architecture required for delivering, positioning and returning spacecraft in a highly scalable and environmentally conscious way.

 

Location
Christchurch
Website
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Founded
2017
Employees
11-50
Industry
SpaceTech
Funding stage
Seed

Culture

Our space

Careers

Available roles

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Matchstiq's take on Dawn Aerospace

Dawn Aerospace is on a mission to make space transportation more sustainable.

The Market Opportunity Ahead for Dawn Aerospace

There are numerous multi-trillion dollar industries that could be spawned if space transportation was made more sustainable and accessible, however without that, many may not ever be realised.

Dawn aims to be at the forefront of unlocking the potential of space, by providing the means to deliver hardware to space, position satellites in orbit and most importantly, return products back to earth safely.

Diversity and Inclusion at Dawn Aerospace

Dawn have acknowledged internally that gender diversity in particular has been a big challenge, not just for Dawn, but the industry as a whole. Improving upon that has been a major focus from everyone in the organisation. Some of the initiatives underway and progress includes:

  • 70% of all new hires this year have been woman.
  • Proactive conversations with hiring managers about unconscious bias and the false promise of meritocratic hiring. 
  • All job ads are put through a gender bias decoder.
  • They often provide support to DEI industry initiatives, like the Patti Grace Smith fellowship https://www.pgsfellowship.org/.
  • Every job posting contains the following wording across all platforms: Not-so-fun fact: Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet about 60% of job criteria, women and other marginalised groups tend to apply only when they check every box. So if you think you have what it takes, but not sure that you check every box, we still want to hear from you. 
 
 
 

Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Pilot

Dawn Aerospace is recruiting a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA — sometimes called UAV) pilot to join our flight operations team in New Zealand. We're looking for someone with an adventurous spirit who can support us as we push the envelope. This is a unique opportunity to join an exciting, fast-growing company in the space industry and fly the next generation of suborbital, reusable spaceplanes.

You are a sharp, precise and talented pilot. Dawn operate a range of aircraft, and you love getting out there and systematically putting our machines through their paces. While flying, you will work with our crew to ensure accurate data is collected and safe, successful missions are flown. Though commercial RPA experience is not necessary, all applicants will be required to illustrate their piloting capability through real-world or video illustration. All shortlisted applicants will be required to demonstrate their skills by flying complex, high-speed aircraft in our simulator.

If you have experience with aircraft design, flight tests, data analysis, UAV construction, maintenance, or other skills you want to apply at Dawn, this has the potential to be a full-time role. Otherwise, it will be a part-time role with a minimum of 9 paid days per month. The role will require travel and nights away from Christchurch, typically not exceeding 8 nights per month.

Responsibilities

  • Piloting all Dawn Aerospace vehicles as a part of the operations team.

  • Working with engineering teams to develop aircraft systems including autonomous and other advanced modes.

  • Assessing handling qualities, characteristics and performance of new aircraft.

  • Simulator development including testing new designs.

Required experience

  • At least 50 hours flight time in large fixed-wing RPAs or 10 years’ part-time experience.

  • Experience in working with multidisciplinary teams.

  • Demonstrated ability to flexibly and positively deal with evolving project requirements and constraints.

  • Ability to filter information to focus on key aspects and maintain and close attention to detail.

Desired experience

  • Experience with high-speed, high-performance RPAs.

  • Experience with the aircraft design process.

  • 5+ years of experience in the design of complex aircraft systems.

  • Familiarity with and experience operating under CAA Part 102.

  • CAA Part 102 license.

  • A pilot licence issued under Part 61, a recreational micro-light or glider pilot certificate issued by a Part 149 organisation.

  • 100+ hours large fixed-wing RPA or large model aircraft pilot experience.

  • VLOS, EVLOS and/or FPV experience.

  • Experience flying new, novel designs.

If you are reliable, approachable, not afraid to roll up your sleeves, and are excited by the opportunity, please apply using the form on this page.

 

Production Engineer

Dawn Aerospace is recruiting a Production Engineer to join our New Zealand team. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a passionate community of engineers looking to scale up the production of our novel technology for small satellites and CubeSats.

This role is the beginning of a team that can implement and improve processes that produce our in-space satellite propulsion products. Through this, you will directly contribute to the success of our customers’ commercial, scientific and interplanetary spacecraft missions.

We are looking for candidates that are seeking a new challenge in the domain of production engineering. A big part of this will involve an ability to take initiative, collaborate effectively and suggest & implement pragmatic solutions.

Responsibilities

  • Establish a sound understanding of the value-adding aspects of current and future production processes

  • Supervise and/or execute assigned production activities, ensuring they are performed to the required level of quality in a safe and efficient manner

  • Diagnose problems in production and provide recommendations and support to resolve these

  • Identify manufacturing needs for new products that are in development and start relevant conversations early

  • Develop new lean production processes that are scalable, low cycle time and capable of meeting aerospace quality requirements

  • Determine where new production activities will physically take place and design, implement and test the associated cells

  • Generate associated documentation (production instructions)

  • Analyse assigned production activities and make recommendations for improvements

Required experience

Our main requirement is that you have a sound understanding of modern production principles coupled with experience working with others to roll these principles out in a production setting to a positive effect.  We will need to see demonstrated examples of this.  We are also seeking candidates with:

  • A relevant university degree

  • Superb written and verbal communication skills

In your application, please be sure to illustrate examples of your best work and what this achieved.

If you are reliable, positive, can take the initiative, and are excited by the opportunity to be part of an innovative and high performing team, please apply using the form on this page.

 

Propulsion Test Engineer

Dawn Aerospace is recruiting a Propulsion Test Engineer to join our Christchurch, New Zealand team. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a passionate community of engineers looking to change how we fly to space.

In this role, you will be doing hands-on work with space grade technology, assisting in designing, assembling and testing our Spaceplane's rocket engines.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct and prepare for rocket engine test campaigns.

  • Oversee the manufacture and assembly of rocket engine components and rocket systems.

  • Identify and solve time-critical hardware and design issues in a high-pressure environment.

  • Diagnose problems in hardware design, procedures, and provide recommendations and support to resolve these.

  • Find the most cost and time-effective strategy for obtaining relevant test results.

  • Communicate and negotiate with third party suppliers to procure components on time.

Requirements

  • A degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or related discipline.

  • Proficiency in CAD design, specifically with SolidWorks.

  • Proficiency with the NI LabView environment.

  • Prior experience in the design of aircraft or space systems.

  • Mechanical aptitude for metalworking machines and equipment.

  • Understanding of aircraft design standards and quality management systems.

  • Practically minded with a can-do attitude.

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in international teams.

  • Understanding of how hardware tests are planned and conducted.

  • Quick learner, can adapt to new tools and environments.

  • Independent and structured way of working.

  • Willing to go out of their way to help others.


Not-so-fun fact: Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet about 60% of job criteria, women and other marginalised groups tend to apply only when they check every box. So if you think you have what it takes, but not sure that you check every box, we still want to hear from you. 

 

Electrical Engineer (Avionics)

Dawn Aerospace is looking for a skilled and motivated person to undertake electrical engineering responsibilities for Dawn's spaceplane systems. The individual will be working closely with all vehicle sub-teams to design and implement electrical solutions from high-level requirements, all the while contributing to our goal of achieving scalable, accessible and sustainable spaceflight.

Responsibilities

  • Translate engineering requirements and specifications into high quality, well-tested, electronic systems
  • End-to-end ownership of electronical systems – from specification through design, prototype, validation, and manufacturing
  • Design circuit boards for a breath of applications, including digital, analogue, mixed signal, and power electronic systems
  • Design quality and robust embedded software for microcontrollers and flight computers
  • Work alongside engineers from a variety of disciplines
  • Coordination with component suppliers
  • Clearly document and present designs at various stages of completion
  • This role may require travel domestically and internationally

Requirements

Required experience

  • Bachelors or Masters in Electrical Engineering or a related field, or the equivalent in experience and evidence of exceptional ability
  • 1+ years relevant experience
  • Experience writing embedded software in C or Rust
  • Experience working with digital communication busses, including I2C, CAN, SPI, RS-485
  • Experience in selection and use of analogue sensors and signal conditioning circuits
  • Experience with PCB design and working with EDA software, such as Altium, Cadence or KiCad
  • Experience with design for EMC
  • Knowledge of the full life cycle of electronics development (requirements, to basic circuits, to a full design and the subsequent production)
  • Experience with testing, troubleshooting and debugging electronic hardware
  • Proficiency with basic electrical laboratory equipment, including scopes and vector network analysers
  • Knowledge of systems engineering
  • Ability to work in a highly cross functional role
  • Proven oral and written communication skills (English)

Desired experience

  • Wide range of hands-on skills from PCB assembly to wire harness/cable tree construction to automotive/aerospace standards
  • Experience with high reliability electronics (e.g. DO-254)
  • Wide experience from microcontrollers to x86s, and from PLDs to FPGAs.
  • Experience with RF systems
  • Basic understanding of mechanical design fundamentals
  • Experience in other programming languages either Python, C, C++, or Rust
  • Experience with version management systems such as Git
  • Experience with PCB layouting of high-speed busses
  • Experience with creating graphical user interfaces to display data or modify embedded software parameters
 

Administrative Assistant

awn Aerospace is looking for a highly motivated and proactive Administrative Assistant to join our Christchurch team part-time (about 15 hours per week). This is a unique opportunity to join an exciting, rapidly-growing space company. The successful candidate will provide professional administrative support to the team.

Responsibilities

  • Providing support to the Executive Assistant and broader team
  • Agenda management and scheduling
  • Assist in coordinating internal events
  • Manage vehicle administration/maintenance
  • Management of logistics, including incoming and outgoing mail/courier collections and deliveries
  • Regular management and maintenance of office equipment
  • Purchasing of general office supplies and equipment
  • Scanning and filing as required
  • Generally assisting with any administrative work

Requirements

  • Previous executive support/administration experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient capability with all Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint)
  • Excellent organisation skills and the ability to prioritise and multitask effectively
  • Ability to pick up new systems quickly
  • Ability to maintain a strict level of discretion
  • Problem-solving skills (but know when to escalate)
  • An eye for detail and a high level of accuracy
  • Flexible

 

Desired Skills and experience

  • General interest in the aerospace sector
  • Familiarity with HR, finance, health and safety
  • Familiarity with general operation and administration

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