Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Inc.

Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Inc. is an American company that designs and builds Nano-satellites and CubeSats and provides launch services and on-orbit operations to deliver small satellites for critical missions across a variety of applications in LEO, GEO and beyond Earth orbit, and vehicle classes, including Nano-satellites and Micro-satellites. The company is based in Irvine California USA.

Tyvak is part of Terran Orbital Corporation, a leading manufacturer of small satellites headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida USA. The company launched more than 220 small satellites worldwide. Terran Orbital recently went public through a merger with Tailwind Two Acquisitions Corp, a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) in a deal that included AE Industrial Partners and Lockheed Martin.

Various missions were completed for ESA (FSSCAT), the Italian Space Agency (ASI) with Iperdrone, the Nano-satellite constellation for Eutelsat ELO, the Commtrail satellite for Search & Rescue and ARGO Earth Observation satellite for the EU.

Company History

Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Inc. was established in 2011 by CubeSat designer Jordi Puig-Suari and former manager of Nano-satellite programs for Boeing Phantom works, Scott MacGillivray. The company has locations in San Luis Obispo in California USA and Turin in Italy.

In 2015 Tyvak International, Srl. was formed as an independent European entity and is based in Turin, Italy. Turin was selected for the location as Tyvak’s first European office due to the area’s strong aerospace industry focus and proximity to Politecnico di Torino (one of the largest engineering universities in Europe) and easy access to the multitude of high-technology companies available in Italy, France, Germany and Switzerland. Tyvak International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Terran Orbital.

In 2018 satellite operator Eutelsat from France ordered Eutelsat ELO alpha (Tyvak-182A) nanosatellite from Tyvak International for their ELO satellite constellation for IoT. ELO’s first test satellite was launched on April 28th 2021 on a Vega rocket operated by Arianespace.

In November 2019, Tyvak was one of five companies selected to be eligible to bid for the NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS).

On November 16th, 2022 the CubeSat LunIR (Lunar Infrared Imaging) satellite was launched as a secondary payload with NASA’s Artemis-1 uncrewed moon mission on the Space Launch System (SLS) operated by Lockheed Martin. 
Kongsberg Satellite Services from Norway is providing ground network support for the LunIR mission with ground stations in Punta Arenas, Chile, Svalbard (Spitzbergen) Norway and Antarctica’s Troll station.

In February 2023 the company was awarded a 2.4 billion USD contract to design, build, and deploy 288 LEO satellites for satellite operator Rivada Space Networks. As part of the contract, mother company Terran Orbital will also develop 12 spare satellites to assemble a total of 300 spacecraft.

SatelliteCustomerLaunch dateLauncherLaunch Operator
PropCube-1 (Flora)NPS USAOct 8th, 2015Atlas V   ULA USA
PropCube-3 (MerryWeather)NPS USAOct 8th, 2015Atlas V   ULA USA
Tyvak-53b/PacSciSatPACSCISATJun 23rd, 2017PSLV-XLISRO/NSIL India
NanoACEDARPAJuly 14th, 2017Soyuz-2GK Launch RUS
PropCube-2 (Fauna)NPS USANov 11th, 2017Antares-230OrbitalATK/LM USA
Tyvak-0085/CICERO-7GeoOpticsJan 12th, 2018PSLV-XLISRO/NSIL India
RAINCUBEJPLMay 21st, 2018Antares-230OrbitalATK/LM USA
Tyvak-0086/CICERO-10GeoOpticsNov 11th, 2018ElectronRocketLab NZ
Tyvak-0076/CICERO-8GeoOpticsNov 29th, 2018PSLV-CAISRO/NSIL India
Tyvak-0092/PonyExpress 1Elbit SystemsDec 11th, 2019PSLV-C48ISRO/NSIL India
Tyvak-0129/PTD-0NASA Research Dec 11th, 2019PSLV-C48ISRO/NSIL India
Tyvak-0160/FSSCAT AUPC SpainSep 3rd, 2021VegaArianespace FG
Tyvak-0161/FSSCAT BUPC SpainSep 3rd, 2021VegaArianespace FG
Tyvak-0088/OSM-1GeoOpticsSep 3rd, 2021VegaArianespace FG
PTD-1 (Hydros-C)NASA ReserachJan 24th, 2021Falcon 9SpaceX USA
Centauri 3Fleet SpaceMar 22nd, 2021ElectronRocketLab NZ
Tyvak-0182A/ELO AlphaEutelsatApril 28th, 2021VegaArianespace FG
Tyvak-0130/GEOStare2TyvakMay 15th, 2021Falcon 9SpaceX USA
Centauri 4Fleet SpaceJun 30th, 2021Falcon 9SpaceX USA
Tyvak-0173/EchoStar Global-3EchoStarJun 30th, 2021Falcon 9SpaceX USA
Tyvak-0125/PTD-3NASA ReserachMay 25th, 2022Falcon 9SpaceX USA
Centauri 5Fleet SpaceMay 25th, 2022Falcon 9SpaceX USA
Tyvak-0032/CPOD ATerran OrbitalMay 25th, 2022Falcon 9SpaceX USA
Tyvak-0212/CPOD BTerran OrbitalMay 25th, 2022Falcon 9SpaceX USA
Tyvak-0820/CICERO-2 VEH1GeoOpticsMay 25th, 2022Falcon 9SpaceX USA
Tyvak-0821/CICERO-2 VEH2GeoOpticsMay 25th, 2022Falcon 9SpaceX USA
CAPSTONENASAJun 28th, 2022ElectronRocketLab NZ
LunIR (SkyFire)NASANov 16th, 2022SLS Artemis 1LM USA
MILANIESA2024Falcon 9SpaceX USA
Tyvak-0261/PonyExpress 2ATyvakMar 4th, 2024Falcon 9SpaceX USA
Tyvak-0262/PonyExpress 2BTyvakMar 4th, 2024Falcon 9SpaceX USA
Centauri 6Fleet SpaceApr 7th, 2024Falcon 9SpaceX USA

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