About TVA

Terminal Velocity Aerospace (TVA) is developing a line of small hypersonic flight products, unmanned orbital reentry capsules, and heat shield technologies to support future space flight research and sample return applications.

Protecting aerospace structures and payloads up to Mach 25. We got that.

Our smallest reentry devices, RED-Data2 and RED-Test, will serve as affordable expendable test beds to study thermal protection system performance and spacecraft breakup during reentry from Earth orbit. The first space flight of our RED-Data2 capsule is expected in late 2016.

Getting mass to orbit is hard. Getting mass back down to Earth safely is even harder.

Limited down mass is a major barrier to commercial utilization of outer space. Larger versions of TVA’s RED devices such as our recoverable RED-4U and RED-25 will offer payload compartments for safe return of space-based manufacturing, medical, and pharmaceutical products.

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Pictures available from TVA’s high-altitude drop test

Pictures from TVA’s high-altitude drop test of a small payload return capsule are now available on the NASA Flight Opportunities website. See Pictures Here ►


TVA Performs High-altitude Drop Test of Small Payload Return Capsule

ATLANTA, GA, June 30, 2015 –Last week, Terminal Velocity Aerospace (TVA) performed a high-altitude drop test of a prototype small payload return capsule to demonstrate mission enabling technologies including low-cost communications and electronics systems. The capsule was released from a carrier balloon at over 100,000 feet and descended along a trajectory equivalent to that of […]


TVA Awarded NASA Phase II SBIR for Low-cost Small Reentry Devices

ATLANTA, GA, April 16, 2015 – Terminal Velocity Aerospace (TVA) was awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract from NASA entitled “Low-Cost Small Reentry Devices to Enhance Space Commerce and ISS Utilization.” The Phase II effort, administered by Johnson Space Center, builds on Phase I results and TVA’s reentry device (RED) development to date. […]

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