Tyvak International Completes Milani Space Telescope CDR in Support of ESA’s Hera Mission – SatNews.com

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Artistic renderingn of the Milani Smallsat, courtesy of Tyvak International

Terran Orbital Corporation (NYSE: LLAP), announced that the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Tyvak International SRLand partners have fully achieved Critical design review (CDR) the Milan spacecraft.

Artistic rendering of Milani when scanned dimorphos Asteroid, courtesy of Tyvak International.

A crucial component of the Hera planetary defense mission, Milan will be European Space Agency‘s (ESA) first, Deep-Space Smallsat. Milani will also be the first small satellite to orbit an asteroid. Tyvak International is responsible for the design, construction and mission operations of Milani. In this exploration, Tyvak International is being supported by a consortium of European industrial and research centers from Finland, the Czech Republic and Italy.

The world’s first test of asteroid deflection, herawill conduct a detailed study of the target asteroid after impact, dimorphos – the orbiting moon in a binary asteroid system known as Didymos. NASA DART Mission will hit the moon first.

After the DART impact, Hera will turn the experiment into a well-understood and repeatable planetary defense technique, using new technologies from autonomous navigation around an asteroid to low-gravity operations nearby.

Photo of the Hera spacecraft, courtesy of ESA.

Hera will be humanity’s first probe to rendezvous with a binary asteroid system and Europe’s flagship Planetary Defender.

Milani, named after Andrea Milanthe pioneer of asteroid risk analysis who developed the original dual spacecraft DART-Hera concept is a companion of HERA, carried by the mothership on the journey to the asteroid and eventually released near the asteroid.

Milani’s main instrument will be the ASPECT hyperspectral imager (from VTTFinland) that combines visible and near-infrared wavelengths to survey the surface to a maximum spatial resolution of one meter.

ASPECT will view sunlight reflected from Dimorphos and its larger companion Didymos, looking for prominent mineral absorptions from individual asteroid boulders.

The Milani secondary payload is invoked VIEW (Volatile In-Situ Thermogravimeter Analyzer). The instrument (from INAF, Italy) can detect the presence of dust particles smaller than 5-10 microns in water and will monitor molecular contamination around the satellite. Finally, laser reflectors (from INFN, Italy) will enable unprecedented gravitational field measurements of the asteroid in conjunction with Hera’s laser range finder.

Terran Orbital is honored to once again be selected for a contract that will bring unprecedented scientific returns to the global community while advancing Europe’s ambitions in planetary defense capabilitiessaid Terran Orbital Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Bell. “Tyvak International’s design and construction of the Milani spacecraft will enable the extraction of extremely valuable information for future asteroid deflection missions. We are thrilled that ESA has entrusted us with this privilege and we look forward to continuing to design, build, deliver and operate state-of-the-art satellite solutions that make our planet a safer place to live.

We are absolutely thrilled with the maturity that the Milani spacecraft has reached in such a short timesaid the ESA-Hera project manager, Ian Carnelli. “Tyvak International’s ability to not only achieve this important milestone, but to simultaneously develop new advanced technologies with its partners is unparalleled. We look forward to continuing this adventure and giving Milani a nice ride to Didymos.”

Tyvak International, a Terran Orbital Corporation, is a leading European supplier of nano- and microsatellites based in Turin, Italy. Tyvak International, a frontrunner in miniaturization and specialized in execution and delivery, is Contract Prime of the European Space Agency for the Milani mission, coordinating a team of 12 entities, universities, research centers and companies in Italy and across Europe. Learn more at www.tyvak.eu.

Terran Orbital is a leading manufacturer of small satellites primarily serving the aerospace and defense industries. Terran Orbital provides end-to-end satellite solutions by combining satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations and on-orbit support to meet the needs of the most demanding military, civil and commercial customers. Learn more at www.terranorbital.com.

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