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June 1st, 2016

Smallsats Study To To Be Embarked Upon By Tyvak International SRL For ISS Inspection + Support

The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Tyvak International SRL—an originator of nanosatellite technology—to demonstrate the feasibility of having nanosatellites provide autonomous inspection and support services on the International Space Station (ISS) while in orbit.

Tyvak International will serve as the prime contractor for the “Multi-Purpose CubeSat at International Space Station (ISS)” study, conducted under the ESA General Studies Program (GSP), meant to serve as a proving ground for the Agency’s future space-based activities. Tyvak International was selected for this program because of the firm's knowledge of the nanosatellite industry and prior experience working on similar demonstrations. The ESA study is expected to be complete by early fall 2016.

Nanosatellites have the capability of providing multi-purpose platforms that can be deployed, retrieved, and refurbished by astronauts or robotically in the ISS environment.

As part of this contract, Tyvak Nanosatellites will:

  • Develop a conceptual design for the ISS base platform
  • Identify models for the platform’s launch to and deployment from the ISS
  • Identify logistics needed to support maintenance and refueling of small satellites from the ISS
  • Identify safety needs and possible constraints of having small satellite units operating autonomously in the ISS environment
  • Plan the optimal path forward to ensure full flight readiness in a short timeframe

Subcontractors on this study include Politecnico di Torino University, and OHB System AG, Human Spaceflight Department.  

Tyvak International CEO Dr. Marco Villa indicated that his firm hopes, one day, to serve as ESA's 'go-to' smallsat provider for inspection and proximity rendezvous missions.


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Iridium PRIME

Chris Baugh, President
NSR - Northern Sky Research

Peter Beck, CEO & CTO
Rocket Lab

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Thales Alenia Space

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Hogan Lovells

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Silicon Valley Space Center

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The Tauri Group

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Clyde Space Ltd.

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Promus Ventures

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Orbital Insight

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AMERGINT Technologies

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Lux Capital

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The Aerospace Corporation

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David Hartshorn, Secretary General
GVF - Global VSAT Forum

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Irwin Communications, Inc.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

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Euroconsult Canada

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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp

Tony Lin, Counsel, Washington, DC
Hogan Lovells

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Surrey Satellite Technology US

Clayton Mowry, President

Carlos Niederstrasser, Business Development & Special Initiatives
Orbital ATK

Sunil Nagaraj, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Bessemer Venture Partners

Dara A. Panahy, Partner
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Will Pomerantz, Vice President for Special Projects
Virgin Galactic

Dr. Alex Saltman, Senior Vice President
GeoOptics Inc.

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Hogan Lovells

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Space Micro

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Tom Stroup, President
SIA - Satellite Industry Association

Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, Founder and Executive Chairman
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

Stig-Are Thrana, U.S. Sales Director and Head of Kongsberg Silicon Valley Office
Kongsberg Satellite Services

Dr. Joe Thurgood, Vice President Corporate Development and Marketing
Hera Systems

Dr. Marco Villa, President & COO
Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems

Tony Wilkey, Senior Vice President
AvL Technologies

Bruce Yost, Project Manager
NASA Ames Research Center

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Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)

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