Name TechEdSat-18
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Organization NASA Ames Research Center
Institution University
Entity type Academic / Education
Nation US
Partners University of Minnesota

Tube Deployed Re-entry Vehicle


A flight-ready TDRV (Tube Deployed Re-entry Vehicle) type of re-entry system with appropriate instrumentation packaged in a 3U (~3 liter) nano-satellite dispenser, and a 4” arc-jet model with optical instrumentation prepared for test. The TDRV entry system is pioneered by NASA ARC and will be basis of the TES-19 (TechEdSat-19) test experiment.

s. Due to the unique geometry of the TDRV system, flight experiments can be uniquely packaged in the compact volumes of nano-satellite dispensers. If successful, the Parties intend that this effort will be followed (in a future agreement) with the TES-20, and TES-21 flight experiments. 

Provide overall TES-19 re-entry/sabot (container) system development management. 2. Design and fabricate the TES-19 (3U) re-entry/sabot (container) system and EDU (Engineering Development Unit) to a ‘flight-ready’ level.

Sources [1] [2]
Keywords De-orbit device, Re-entry capsule

Related Spacecraft

Name Status Rocket Launch Orbit
TechEdSat-18 (TES-18) not launched not launched 2025-12-30 not launched
TechEdSat-19 (TES-19) not launched not launched 2026-12-30 not launched

Last modified: 2023-12-26

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