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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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp
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Surrey Satellite Technology US
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Bessemer Venture Partners
Dara A. Panahy, Partner
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Will Pomerantz, Vice President for Special Projects
Dr. Alex Saltman, Senior Vice President
Randy S. Segal, Partner, Co-Lead Satellite Practice
David Strobel, CEO and Program Manager (PM)
Chris Stott, Chairman & CEO (PM)
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
Dr. Marco Villa, President & COO
Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems
Tony Wilkey, Senior Vice President
Bruce Yost, Project Manager
NASA Ames Research Center
Louis Zacharilla, Director of Development
Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)
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