About TVA

Terminal Velocity Aerospace (TVA) is developing a line of small hypersonic flight products, unmanned orbital reentry capsules, and heat shield technologies to support future space flight research and sample return applications.


Protecting aerospace structures and payloads up to Mach 25. We got that.

Our smallest reentry devices, RED-Data2 and RED-Test, will serve as affordable expendable test beds to study thermal protection system performance and spacecraft breakup during reentry from Earth orbit. The first space flight of our RED-Data2 capsule is expected in late 2016.

Getting mass to orbit is hard. Getting mass back down to Earth safely is even harder.

Limited down mass is a major barrier to commercial utilization of outer space. Larger versions of TVA’s RED devices such as our recoverable RED-4U and RED-25 will offer payload compartments for safe return of space-based manufacturing, medical, and pharmaceutical products.

Latest news

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RED-Data2’s Activated and Installed on Cygnus in Prep for Reentry Mission

ATLANTA, GA, June 3, 2017 – US Astronauts Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson have successfully activated and installed Terminal Velocity Aerospace’s (TVA) three RED-Data2 flight units into the S.S. John Glenn Cygnus spacecraft in preparation for their reentry research mission. Operations aboard the International Space Station began at approximately 3:30 AM EDT and were supported […]

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Three TVA RED-Data2 Spacecraft Launched to International Space Station on OA-7

ATLANTA, GA, April 19, 2017 – The first RED-Data2 spacecraft of Atlanta-based Terminal Velocity Aerospace (TVA) have been successfully launched to the International Space Station (ISS) to begin an approximately 100-day mission in space. The three small spacecraft lifted off yesterday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard the Cygnus cargo vessel S.S. John Glenn, […]

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TVA’s RED-Data2 Flight Units Ready for Launch Integration for OA-7

ATLANTA, GA, February 27, 2017 – Terminal Velocity Aerospace’s first three RED-Data2 flight units have completed checkout at NASA Johnson Space Center and have arrived at NASA Kennedy Space Center ready for integration into a Cygnus cargo vehicle for flight to the International Space Station (ISS). Launch is currently scheduled for early morning of March […]

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