ATLANTA, GA, June 20, 2014 – Terminal Velocity Aerospace, LLC (TVA) was awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract from NASA entitled “Low-Cost Small Payload Return to Enable High Frequency ISS Research.” The Phase I project, administered by Johnson Space Center, involves detailing the concept of operations and payload accommodations hardware for use of TVA’s RED-4U small payload return capsule to service the International Space Station (ISS). The RED-4U, currently in development, is capable of returning the payload mass and volume equivalent of four 1U (approximately 10 cm3 ) CubeSats.
“The ISS is a tremendous platform for space-based research, but limited transportation opportunities limit the breadth and pace of such research” said Terminal Velocity CEO Dominic DePasquale. “The capability to return samples and other small payloads from the ISS on an on-demand basis will allow scientists to conduct the high-frequency experimentation necessary to accelerate research and discovery. We’re pleased that NASA also sees the value in such a capability, and to have the opportunity through this SBIR to further define the specific interfaces for RED-4U to service the ISS.”