Air Force Research Laboratory Awards Terran Orbital Subsidiary $8.4 Million for Very Low Earth Orbit Spacecraft (Image Credit: SNN)
BOCA RATON, FL. (December 02, 2021) – Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Inc. (Tyvak), subsidiary, of Terran Orbital Corporation (Terran Orbital), a leader in the development, innovation, and operation of small satellites and earth observation solutions, was awarded an $8.4 million contract for a prototype spacecraft capable of maneuvering between Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and VLEO orbits from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate.
Delivered as part of the Precise program and awarded under the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC) Other Transaction Authority (OTA), Tyvak will design and manufacture the spacecraft to fit a specific AFRL payload that will travel between LEO and VLEO several times during the lifespan of the demonstration. The prototype spacecraft will extend the envelope of maneuverability for small satellites, while pioneering demonstrable satellite operations in a new orbit.
“Terran Orbital is proud to continue pioneering in small satellite solutions for our customers. Cutting-edge prototype spacecraft like Precise will leverage new orbits, further expanding the opportunities for small satellite use for the warfighter, while demonstrating new levels of precision guidance, navigation and control to small satellite spacecraft,” said Marc Bell, Co-Founder and CEO of Terran Orbital.
Terran Orbital Corporation is a leading vertically integrated provider of end-to-end satellite solutions. Terran Orbital combines satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations, and in-orbit support to meet the needs of the most demanding military, civil, and commercial customers. In addition, Terran Orbital is developing the world’s largest, most advanced NextGen Earth Observation constellation to provide persistent, real-time earth imagery. Learn more at terranorbital.com.