Internship: adhesive joint modelling and testing for reusable spaceplanes

Company Details

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.

Description

For our Airframe Team, we are looking for an enthusiastic intern with a combination of structural knowledge and a practical can-do attitude. You will be responsible for improving the adhesive joint modelling for the Mk-II spaceplane. This means you will be designing, manufacturing, and testing adhered composite specimens for mechanical property determination of joints. You will validate, and if necessary, calibrate, the model with the test results and apply the new knowledge to more complex components and assemblies. Your contributions will help to enrich the structural modelling capabilities at Dawn Aerospace and will be used to improve the structural interface design of the Dawn spaceplanes.

This role is based in Delft, The Netherlands, and will require you to be present at the office most of the time. The duration of the internship is 4-6 months.

Responsibilities

  • Design and analyses of composite specimens.
  • Manufacture and test composite test specimens.
  • Validate and calibrate models with test results.
  • Extrapolate results to other models and components.
  • Help the team with the design, manufacturing, and assembly of the Mk-IIB spaceplane.

Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in a MSc. in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar.
  • Experience with Finite Element Modelling, preferably in Ansys.
  • Not afraid to do both theoretical and practical tasks.
  • Capable to work effectively autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Familiar with adhesive joint behavior and modelling.

It would be great if you are

  • Experienced with composite manufacturing techniques.
  • Experienced with the engineering process from design and analysis to testing and validation.
  • Familiar with aircraft design standards.
  • Experienced with computer-aided design, preferably SolidWorks.
  • A problem-solver and able to take ownership of a project.

About Dawn Aerospace

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.

The company has achieved a series of significant milestones in the past 12 months, including launching 33 propulsion units to space 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) and won the Supreme Award for medium/large business at the Westpac Champion Business Awards 2021.

Current customers include the likes of D-Orbit, Pixxel, Blue Canyon, the Indonesian Space Agency, and a large number of yet-to-name constellations. Dawn’s satellite propulsion business is forecast to more than double during 2022. Based on current units in space and in production, we’re fast on track to become the number one supplier of green-chemical propulsion systems globally.

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Important!

If you think you have what it takes but are unsure that you check every box, we still want to hear from you. For any questions you might have before applying or if you would like to have a general conversation about Dawn Aerospace, you can contact our Recruiter, Harald van Klaveren on +31(0) 6 1464 7117

Tagged as: aerospace, internship, composite manufacturing, design and analysis, Finite Element Modelling

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