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.
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.
|Satellite||Customer||Launch date||Launcher||Launch Operator|
|PropCube-1 (Flora)||NPS USA||Oct 8th, 2015||Atlas V||ULA USA|
|PropCube-3 (MerryWeather)||NPS USA||Oct 8th, 2015||Atlas V||ULA USA|
|Tyvak-53b/PacSciSat||PACSCISAT||Jun 23rd, 2017||PSLV-XL||ISRO/NSIL India|
|NanoACE||DARPA||July 14th, 2017||Soyuz-2||GK Launch RUS|
|PropCube-2 (Fauna)||NPS USA||Nov 11th, 2017||Antares-230||OrbitalATK/LM USA|
|Tyvak-0085/CICERO-7||GeoOptics||Jan 12th, 2018||PSLV-XL||ISRO/NSIL India|
|RAINCUBE||JPL||May 21st, 2018||Antares-230||OrbitalATK/LM USA|
|Tyvak-0086/CICERO-10||GeoOptics||Nov 11th, 2018||Electron||RocketLab NZ|
|Tyvak-0076/CICERO-8||GeoOptics||Nov 29th, 2018||PSLV-CA||ISRO/NSIL India|
|Tyvak-0092/PonyExpress 1||Elbit Systems||Dec 11th, 2019||PSLV-C48||ISRO/NSIL India|
|Tyvak-0129/PTD-0||NASA Research||Dec 11th, 2019||PSLV-C48||ISRO/NSIL India|
|Tyvak-0160/FSSCAT A||UPC Spain||Sep 3rd, 2021||Vega||Arianespace FG|
|Tyvak-0161/FSSCAT B||UPC Spain||Sep 3rd, 2021||Vega||Arianespace FG|
|Tyvak-0088/OSM-1||GeoOptics||Sep 3rd, 2021||Vega||Arianespace FG|
|PTD-1 (Hydros-C)||NASA Reserach||Jan 24th, 2021||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Centauri 3||Fleet Space||Mar 22nd, 2021||Electron||RocketLab NZ|
|Tyvak-0182A/ELO Alpha||Eutelsat||April 28th, 2021||Vega||Arianespace FG|
|Tyvak-0130/GEOStare2||Tyvak||May 15th, 2021||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Centauri 4||Fleet Space||Jun 30th, 2021||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Tyvak-0173/EchoStar Global-3||EchoStar||Jun 30th, 2021||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Tyvak-0125/PTD-3||NASA Reserach||May 25th, 2022||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Centauri 5||Fleet Space||May 25th, 2022||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Tyvak-0032/CPOD A||Terran Orbital||May 25th, 2022||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Tyvak-0212/CPOD B||Terran Orbital||May 25th, 2022||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Tyvak-0820/CICERO-2 VEH1||GeoOptics||May 25th, 2022||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Tyvak-0821/CICERO-2 VEH2||GeoOptics||May 25th, 2022||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|CAPSTONE||NASA||Jun 28th, 2022||Electron||RocketLab NZ|
|LunIR (SkyFire)||NASA||Nov 16th, 2022||SLS Artemis 1||LM USA|
|MILANI||ESA||2024||Ariane 62||Arianespace FG|
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