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Daybreak Aerospace Broadcasts $20 Million Funding Spherical

Staff with Mk-II Aurora take a look at automobile. (Credit score: Daybreak Aerospace)

CHRISTCHURCH, NZ (Daybreak Aerospace PR) — Icehouse Ventures has made one in all its largest-ever investments in a New Zealand firm. The [NZ] $20 million [US $12.63 million] backing of space-transportation firm Daybreak Aerospace additionally attracted help from GD1 and Movac.

Daybreak is making a sustainable, built-in space-transportation community. Valued at NZ$170 million [US $107.39 million], the corporate gives in-space propulsion know-how for satellites, with programs on eight operational spacecraft. The corporate can be flight-testing a spaceplane know-how demonstrator, the Daybreak Mk-II Aurora, in New Zealand’s South Island. Up to now, the Mk-II has operated utilizing jet engines – rocket-powered flight is anticipated to begin within the first quarter of 2023.

The $20 million will permit the corporate based mostly in New Zealand, the Netherlands, and the US to broaden its providing of satellite tv for pc propulsion programs and spaceplane improvement, Daybreak Aerospace co-founder and CEO, Stefan Powell mentioned. “The funding introduced as we speak will help new endeavours, together with growing the Mk-III, an orbital spaceplane, and delivering in-space propulsion merchandise to GEO, lunar and higher-thrust prospects,” he mentioned. “We’re grateful to Icehouse Ventures and our different buyers for backing the way forward for our firm and area know-how.”

“1000’s of area tech firms have raised billions of {dollars}, but only a few have really been to area or generated income,” mentioned Robbie Paul, Icehouse Ventures CEO. “Daybreak’s technical and industrial traction is a testomony to the founders and their wonderful crew. Extra importantly, the traction continues to widen their aggressive moat and that’s why we’ve invested >$10m on this spherical.”

“We’ve all the time positioned strategic significance on attending to buyer income – with {hardware} on orbit – quick,” mentioned James Powell, Daybreak co-founder and CFO. “Within the area start-up world, most don’t get something flying with out a whole bunch of thousands and thousands in funding. Previous to this spherical, Daybreak had more cash come from gross sales than enterprise capital. With $22m of offers closed in 2022 and one other $150m in negotiation, it gained’t be lengthy till propulsion gross sales resume bringing in extra cash than VC.”

Because of the elevate, a brand new board seat has been established. “Right now, we welcome Anna Kominik to our board. Anna’s functionality and ethos are massively revered in our business, and we’re thrilled to have her be a part of our crew,” mentioned Stefan Powell. Kominik is the previous Director of Wisk’s Asia Pacific operation and a former Director of the Vertical Flight Society Worldwide Board.

Daybreak just lately gained Finest Medium Enterprise on the New Zealand Worldwide Enterprise Awards and the Product class on the EY Entrepreneur of the 12 months awards.

About Daybreak Aerospace

Based mostly within the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the USA, Daybreak Aerospace’s mission is to allow the subsequent era of area customers by offering dramatically extra scalable and sustainable methods to entry and transfer round in area. It’s now a number one provider of turnkey inexperienced propulsion programs for NanoSat, MicroSat, ESPA, and ESPA Grande-class satellites. Daybreak can be energetic in reusable launch automobile improvement, with an energetic take a look at flight program of the Mk-II Aurora spaceplane demonstrator, with 40+ flights accomplished. Daybreak was based in 2017 by Stefan Powell, Tobias Knop, Robert Werner, Jeroen Wink and James Powell.



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