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January 14th, 2020

Tyvak's 6U Smallsat Achieves Mission Success

Tyvak's latest 6U smallsat, Tyvak-0129, which launched on PSLV C48 in December, has achieved mission success — this was the company's on-orbit technology demonstration mission and marks the inaugural flight of the company's next-generation spacecraft systems, which performed beyond expectations.

The launch of the Tyvak-0129 smallsat aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket on December 11, 2019.

Photo is courtesy of ISRO.

Tyvak-0129 consists of 32 next-generation spacecraft subsystems, designed and qualified by Tyvak, based on proven design heritage. The technologies include communications, control, power, and computer processing systems.

All the vehicle's subsystems, from reaction wheels to rad-hard watchdog, possess levels of autonomy and machine intelligence never before put into space. These technologies serve as the foundation for all future Tyvak missions, enabling Tyvak's customers to achieve their mission objectives with flexible and scalable space-qualified systems.

Artistic rendition of Tyvak's 6U smallsat platform.

Image is courtesy of the company.

The modular design of Tyvak's new smallsat platforms allows spacecraft to be configured and manufactured in a few months for missions from 10 to 290 kg.

Anthony Previte, Tyvak's CEO, said the company's next-generation technologies are the result of advancements and investments made throughout multiple iterations of the firm's spacecraft subsystems over the past six years. Tyvak-0129 is a prime example of how the company's agile mission principles guide everything the firm accomplishes. With the successful on-orbit demonstration completed, Tyvalk will now commence the large-scale production of these subsystems in the firm's state-of-the-art facilities using the company's proven quality assurance processes.