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Spaceflight, Inc. Chooses Tethers Unlimited’s Terminator Tape for Deorbit of OTV

25 Jul 2020, 22:07 UTC
Spaceflight, Inc. Chooses Tethers Unlimited’s Terminator Tape for Deorbit of OTV
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The Terminator Tape Deorbit Module interacts with the space environment to rapidly drag a satellite out of orbit. (Credit: Tethers Unlimited)

BOTHELL, Wash. (Tethers Unlimited PR) – Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) is pleased to announce that Spaceflight Inc. has selected TUI’s NanoSat Terminator Tape Deorbit System for end-of life disposal of its new Sherpa-FX orbit transfer vehicle.

As part of an upcoming mission, Spaceflight will test the deorbit process with the Terminator Tape. When the orbit transfer vehicle’s mission is completed, a timer release system will deploy the Terminator Tape to rapidly deorbit the Sherpa-FX vehicle so that it does not contribute to the growth of the space debris problem.

“When Tethers was founded in 1994, its main focus was to solve the problem of space debris so that NASA, the DoD and commercial space enterprises could continue to safely operate in Earth orbit, “says Dr. Rob Hoyt, TUI’s President.

“We are pleased to see our solutions are now making a significant contribution to ensuring sustainability of the space environment, which will benefit the entire industry.”

Within the last decade, space debris has become a growing concern to the space industry, with government agencies imposing strict requirements upon satellite ...

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