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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
51-100
Industry
SpaceTech
Funding stage
Seed

Culture

Our space

Careers

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Matchstiq's take on Dawn Aerospace

Dawn Aerospace's mission is to create sustainable space transportation services for the unforeseeable future.

The market opportunity ahead for Dawn Aerospace

Space is growing at a rapid rate. We don't anticipate it slowing down, just like the growth of the internet hasn't. There is a big opportunity today to satisfy current market needs, but also in building sustainable technologies suited for unknown needs, which will come in the next 50+ years.

If we do it right, our solutions will unlock whole new industries in space - from in-space manufacturing, and energy farming to tourism. Space is an infinite frontier.

Why Dawn Aerospace is a great place to work

Dawn is a purpose-driven company. We are focused on our near-term goals of delivering real solutions to current problems, whilst ensuring we build in the key ingredients of long-term success - reusability and sustainably. This long-term vision shapes how we act, how we build teams and how we treat each other. With the long term always in mind, we make decisions that benefit us all.

As an employer, we are flexible and understanding of all individuals. We recognize that there are underlying diversity challenges in the Aerospace industry and we are playing our part to bring change where we can. We strive to get the most out of our teams and to do the most impactful work possible. And we try to have some fun along the way!

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Opportunities

 
 
 

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. 

 

Senior Software Engineer

Dawn is looking for a talented, creative thinking Software Engineer with a proven track record to join our Space Systems Software Team in Christchurch, New Zealand.

As a senior Software Engineer, you will have skill, leadership and wisdom. You will be using these attributes to solve complex problems in uncharted territory to, safely, reliably, and repeatably control Dawn’s satellite propulsion systems – the engines inside our customers satellites.

You must have the desire and ability to work in a young company. We’re growing and so must you. If you want a smooth and routine role; this role is not the one. We believe in giving you the tools you need, then getting out of your way. We are looking for candidates who can take the initiative and work with minimal direction.

What you will do

  • Help us deliver exciting new products to our global customers. Bring your knowledge, skills and self to the team.
  • Development of the propulsion system software stack in a high-tech but challenging environment
  • Proven quality through validation & verification of all software produced, including flight model testing, unit test, CI-CD
  • Working in, and helping to build, a high-performance team of software engineers
  • Role modelling, setting standards and best practice for software development in the software team

Requirements

Required Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science, or the equivalent in experience and evidence of exceptional ability
  • 3+ years relevant experience
  • Relevant domain knowledge (aerospace, aviation or other high-reliability industry)
  • Experience with C++14 or newer, as applied in low-level s/w (interacting with RTOS on embedded system) or high-level s/w (Qt5 application with complex user interface)
  • Ample exposure to Docker, Git, CI/CD pipelines and DevOps best practices
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively and simply communicate complex information

 

What you will bring

  • Experience with C, C++, Python, Bash and similar
  • Knowledge of high criticality software and relevant tooling and processes common in regulated industries (e.g., DO-178/C, MISRA/AUTOSAR, etc.)
  • Exposure to all steps in the software development cycle
  • Experience with Agile development methodologies
  • Experience with GitLab (Project Management / Runners)

About Dawn Aerospace

Every week we see new companies coming to market, using space-based technology in new and exciting ways we had never before imagined. Our industry is at the same inflexion point the internet was back when we went from dial-up to broadband, but there are some significant hurdles to overcome.

Dawn Aerospace was founded to redefine near-space transportation. Redefine how we deliver assets to space, position satellites on orbit and return things down to Earth to enable the vibrant and circular space economy of the future. To do this, we build scalable, accessible and sustainable spaceflight technologies – technologies that are sustainable for not just the foreseeable future, but the unforeseeable future.

Dawn Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment with Dawn is decided based on merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any other manner.

 

 

Electronics Engineer (Senior): In-space propulsion

Dawn Aerospace, based in both New Zealand and the Netherlands, is a space transportation company providing in-space satellite propulsion to its customers globally and developing a same-day reusable spaceplane.

The company has achieved a series of significant milestones in the past 12 months, including launching 21 propulsion units to space from Europe and the USA and completing the successful first flights of the suborbital spaceplane, the Dawn Mk-II Aurora. Dawn was named Hi-Tech Startup Company of the Year (2020), Emerging Business of the Year at the NZ International Business Awards (2021) and won the Supreme Award for medium/large business at the Westpac Champion Business Awards (2021, Canterbury).

We are looking for a skilled and motivated person to undertake electrical engineering responsibilities for in-space propulsion spacecraft systems. The individual will be working closely with all 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 electrical 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
  • Work alongside engineers from a variety of disciplines
  • Coordination with component suppliers
  • Clearly document and present designs at various stages of completion
  • Project management for the full life cycle of development to production, by actively managing development, and test schedules through to the manufacturing, ensuring timely delivery of flight hardware
  • Systems engineering, to ensure that all requirements are met, while no other systems are negatively impacted
  • Production of flight hardware, prototype development, selection of vendors and production methods
  • System integration of electronics into satellites
  • 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
  • 4+ years of relevant experience, ideally in an aerospace environment
  • Experience designing to meet NASA or ECSS requirements/guidelines
  • 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 circuit simulation software
  • Knowledge of electronics design for space, including radiation testing
  • Experience with power electronics design
  • Ability to solder and manually assemble electronics to a high standard
  • Experience writing embedded software for ARM processors.
  • Experience with PCB design and working with EDA software, such as Altium, Cadence or KiCad
  • Experience with design for EMC
  • Experience with designing HITL test rigs for electronic circuit boards, including implementing test plans to meet reliability targets
  • 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 using mechanical CAD software
  • Experience with high-reliability electronics (e.g. DO-254)
  • Basic understanding of mechanical design fundamentals
  • Experience in programming languages such as Python, C, C++, or Rust
  • Experience with version management systems such as Git
  • Experience with project/team management methodologies such as Agile, or similar.

 

Important!

If you think you have what it takes but are unsure that you check every box, we still want to hear from you. Your ability to creatively solve complex challenges and practical experience in designing/building/coding technology tops specific qualifications or tools.

About Dawn Aerospace

Every week we see new companies coming to market, using space-based technology in new and exciting ways we had never before imagined. Our industry is at the same inflexion point the internet was back when we went from dial-up to broadband, but there are some significant hurdles to overcome.

Dawn Aerospace was founded to redefine near-space transportation. Redefine how we deliver assets to space, position satellites on orbit and return things down to Earth to enable the vibrant and circular space economy of the future. To do this, we build scalable, accessible and sustainable spaceflight technologies – technologies that are sustainable for not just the foreseeable future, but the unforeseeable future.

Dawn Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment with Dawn is decided based on merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any other manner.

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.

 

Electronics Engineer: In-space propulsion

Dawn Aerospace, based in both New Zealand and the Netherlands, is a space transportation company providing in-space satellite propulsion to its customers globally and developing a same-day reusable spaceplane.

The company has achieved a series of significant milestones in the past 12 months, including launching 21 propulsion units to space from Europe and the USA and completing the successful first flights of the suborbital spaceplane, the Dawn Mk-II Aurora. Dawn was named Hi-Tech Startup Company of the Year (2020), Emerging Business of the Year at the NZ International Business Awards (2021) and won the Supreme Award for medium/large business at the Westpac Champion Business Awards (2021, Canterbury).

We are looking for a skilled and motivated person to undertake electrical engineering responsibilities for in-space propulsion spacecraft 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

  • End-to-end ownership of electrical systems – from specification through design, prototype, validation, manufacturing and integration
  • Design and review circuit boards for a breath of applications, including digital, analogue, mixed signal, and power electronic systems
  • Coordination with component suppliers
  • Project management for the full life cycle of development to production, by actively managing development, and test schedules through to the manufacturing, ensuring timely delivery of flight hardware
  • Production of flight hardware, prototype development, selection of vendors and production methods
  • 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
  • Experience in selection and use of analogue sensors and signal conditioning circuits
  • Experience with circuit simulation software
  • Ability to rework and manually assemble electronics to a high standard
  • Experience writing embedded software for ARM processors
  • Experience with PCB design and working with EDA software, such as Altium, Cadence or KiCad
  • Experience working with digital communication busses, including I2C, CAN, SPI, RS-485
  • Experience with testing, troubleshooting and debugging electronic hardware
  • Proven oral and written communication skills (English)

Desired experience

  • Basic understanding of mechanical design fundamentals
  • Circuit board testing and automation
  • Experience in programming languages such as Python, C or C++
  • Experience with version management systems such as Git

 

Important!

If you think you have what it takes but are unsure that you check every box, we still want to hear from you. Your ability to creatively solve complex challenges and practical experience in designing/building/coding technology tops specific qualifications or tools.

About Dawn Aerospace

Dawn Aerospace is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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