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 20, 2017 aboard Orbital CRS OA-7 (Atlas-Cygnus) from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL. The units will stay in their storage containers aboard the ISS until TVA’s reentry mission begins in late June 2017. RED-Data2 devices collect a variety of reentry data after separation from their carrier cargo vessel and download that free flight data before they are ultimately expended at the end of their mission.
TVA’s RED-Data2 flight units #1 – #3 carry instrumented heat shields and are configured to help NASA understand the performance of various thermal protection system materials that are candidates in future space missions. Two of TVA’s NASA research partners visited TVA’s headquarters in Atlanta on February 23 to tour lab facilities and review additional hardware projects currently underway at TVA. Dr. Ethiraj Venkatapathy and Ms. Michelle Munk visited with the TVA technical team, Dr. John Olds (TVA’s CEO), and Dr. John Dec (TVA’s Program Manager). TVA has both a Space Act Agreement and a Phase II SBIR contract with NASA in support of this research.