ATLANTA, GA, April 16, 2015 – Terminal Velocity Aerospace (TVA) was awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract from NASA entitled “Low-Cost Small Reentry Devices to Enhance Space Commerce and ISS Utilization.” The Phase II effort, administered by Johnson Space Center, builds on Phase I results and TVA’s reentry device (RED) development to date. Through this award, TVA will complete the hardware validation and testing required for orbital reentry missions.
“We are pleased that NASA shares our vision for the many applications of small reentry devices and the innovative ways in which they will improve utilization of the International Space Station,” said Terminal Velocity CEO Dominic DePasquale. “TVA’s low cost family of RED products will help maximize the commercial utilization of space.”
Objectives of the Phase II SBIR include development of a flight unit RED-Data2 reentry data recorder, and detailed design and development of prototype hardware to mature the RED-4U small payload return system. RED-Data2 mission applications include hypersonic flight testing of next-generation thermal protection materials and onboard data collection during spacecraft reentry breakup events. RED-4U is a recoverable capsule capable of on-demand return of biological samples, products of space experiments, and other small payloads from low Earth orbit. RED-4U can accommodate a payload mass and volume equivalent to four CubeSats or more.
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