TUI News

12 Aug 2014

TUI To Provide SWIFT-AFSCN Software Defined Radio for VPM Mission: TUI has been awarded augmented funding on a Phase II SBIR contract to enable it to deliver a SWIFT-AFSCN radio for the AFRL's VLF Wave and Particle Precipitation Mapper (VPM) mission.

09 Jul 2014

Surrey Satellite Chooses Terminator Tape as Deorbit Solution for OTB Mission: Surrey Satellite Technology US (SST-US) has announced that it has selected TUI's Nanosat Terminator Tape Deorbit Module as the end-of-life disposal solution for the Orbital Test Bed (OTB) mission targeted for launch in late 2016. Read the SST-US press release here.

05 Jun 2014

TUI Wins NIAC Contract to Develop "Asteroid WRANGLER": NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts Program (NIAC) has selected TUI to perform a Phase I effort to evaluate a concept for using a deployable net and a tether deployer to enable a small nanosatellite to capture and de-spin a large rotating asteroid. This WRANGLER system could reduce the complexity, risk, and cost of NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). WRANGLER could also provide a means for affordable capture and disposal of space debris. For more information, visit the NIAC Website

30 Apr 2014

TUI Wins NASA Contract to Develop Novel 'Positrusion' Technology for Recycling 3D Printing Materials: NASA's SBIR Program has selected TUI for award of a $125K Phase I contract to develop a novel method for on-orbit recycling of thermoplastic materials into filament for 3D printers. TUI's 'Positrusion' technique solves many of the challenges associated with controlling filament quality.

25 Apr 2014

NASA Selects TUI to Develop Tech for On-Orbit Additive Manufacture of Space Structures: NASA's SBIR Program has awarded TUI a $750K Phase II contract to continue development of the Trusselator technology. The Trusselator is a device that uses additive manufacturing techniques to fabricate high-performance composite truss structures to support large systems such as multi-hundred kilowatt solar arrays and football-stadium sized antenna reflectors. In the Phase II effort, TUI will build an improved prototype and demonstrate its operation in a vacuum environment using its new space simulation facility. The Trusselator is the key first step in developing TUI's SpiderFab architecture for on-orbit fabrication of large space systems. Read the press release here.

10 Feb 2014

ARMY Selects TUI to Develop Launchable Anchor System: The US Army's SBIR program has selected TUI for award of a $1M Phase II contract to continue development of a launchable anchor to increase the speed, safety, and efficacy of bridging operations.

20 Dec 2013

AF Awards TUI Contract to Deliver Two HYDROS Thrusters for CubeSat Mission TUI has received a contract from the Air Force to deliver two HYDROS thrusters for an undisclosed CubeSat mission. The HYDROS thruster enables CubeSats and other secondary payloads to use a propellant that is non-toxic, has no stored energy, requires no pressurization, and is 'man-rated' -- WATER -- yet perform missions requiring orbit agility and large total delta-Vs.

16 Dec 2013

TUI Delivers Multi-Band Antenna for Air Force Space Weather Mission: TUI has completed delivery of several multi-band antennas for the Air Force's "Multi-frequency Ionospheric Signal Transmitter" (MIST) payload scheduled to fly in late 2015 on the COSMIC-2 satellites. TUI's multi-band quadrifilar helical antenna will provide simultaneous transmission of UHF, L-band, and S-band beacon signals to enable measurement of space weather conditions.

15 Nov 2013

TUI Successfully Demonstrates Novel Tech for On-Orbit Manufacturing of Space Structures: Under a Phase I NASA SBIR, TUI has successfully demonstrated in the laboratory a novel "Trusselator" device that uses additive manufacturing techniques to enable on-orbit fabrication of high-performance carbon-fiber truss structures. The Trusselator technology is a key element of TUI's "SpiderFab" architecture, which will enable on-orbit fabrication of huge antennas, high-power solar arrays, and other systems not possible with current technologies. See the video here.

06 Nov 2013

Army Awards TUI Contract to Develop CubeSat-to-Handheld UHF Radio System: The Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) has awarded Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to complete development of a communications system that will enable CubeSats to communicate directly with handheld radios used by Army troops. TUI’s “SWIFT-TacSATCOM” system combines a frequency-agile software defined radio with novel deployable antennas to enable these tiny, low-power, low-cost spacecraft to support soldiers in the field by providing real-time access to mission critical data and communications. Read the press release here.

14 Oct 2013

TUI Awarded Contract for Two Terminator Tape Deorbit Modules: TUI has been awarded a contract to deliver two "Nanosat Terminator Tape" (nTT) modules in Q2 2014. The nTT is a lightweight, affordable module designed to deorbit nano- and microsatellites at the end of their missions using passive electrodynamic and aerodynamic drag enhancement.

19 Sept 2013

AFRL Awards TUI Contract to Develop 3D Printed Radiation Shielding: The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded TUI a Phase II SBIR contract to continue development of its patent-pending technologies for using additive manufacturing processes to fabricate spacecraft structures with integral radiation shielding. The Versatile Structural Radiation Shielding (VSRS) technology will reduce the mass and cost required to protect electronics from space radiation. Read the press release here.

28 Aug 2013

NASA Selects TUI's SpiderFab Technology for Phase II NIAC Award: NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program announced today that it has selected TUI's SpiderFab technology for award of a $500,000 Phase II contract. Under the SpiderFab effort, TUI will continue to develop technologies to enable spacecraft to use 3D printing and robotic assembly techniques to fabricate and integrate large components on-orbit. The SpiderFab technologies will enable creation of space systems with antennas, solar arrays, shrouds, and other components ten times larger than are possible with current deployable technologies, providing higher power, bandwidth, resolution, and sensitivity as well as lower life-cycle cost for a wide range of missions. Read the press release here.

21 Jun 2013

TUI Introduces Asteroid Payload Express - Affordable and Rapid Delivery of Small Payloads to NEOs, the Moon, and Mars: Today at the Interplanetary Small Satellite Conference, TUI introduced its Asteroid Payload Express service, which combines two advanced space propulsion technologies with TUI's high-performance CubeSat components to enable astonishingly affordable delivery of small payloads to hundreds of Near-Earth Objects as well as Mars and Lunar orbit. See video of the presentation here. Download a pdf of the presentation here.

22 May 2013

NASA Awards TUI 4 Phase I SBIRs: TUI has signed four NASA Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts to develop novel space technologies that could dramatically lower the cost of space exploration and development missions.

  • The "Trusselator" effort will develop a system for on-orbit fabrication and integration of solar arrays using a combination of 3D printing and automated composite layup techniques. The Trusselator™ system will leverage the patent-pending "SpiderFab™" additive manufacturing technologies for on-orbit fabrication that TUI has invented under funding from DARPA and NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program. The Trusselator system will enable affordable deployment of large solar arrays providing many tens or hundreds of kilowatts of power to support solar-electric propulsion missions and space solar power systems.
  • The "Sensing and Positioning on Inclines and Deep Environments with Retrieval” (SPIDER) effort will develop technologies to enable robotic exploration systems to use launchable, anchored tethers to traverse craters, ravines, and other difficult terrain on asteroids and planetary bodies.
  • The "SWIFT-NanoLV" effort will develop a suite of economic, lightweight, compact, and reliable avionics to enable nano- and micro- launch vehicles to deliver small spacecraft into orbit with affordable costs.
  • The "SWIFT-HPX" effort will develop a high-speed Ka-band transceiver for CubeSats and nanosats to enable these small, low-cost spacecraft platforms to perform missions requiring high-speed cross-links and downlinks. The SWIFT-HPX communications system will combine TUI's high-performance SWIFT™ software-defined radio with an innovative conformal antenna to enable 100 Megabit-per-second data transmissions between smallsats as well as to ground stations.
27 Mar 2013

AFRL Awards TUI Contract for to Develop SWIFT-AFSCN Radios for CubeSats: TUI has received a Phase II SBIR contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop a software-defined radio system to enable CubeSats to communicate with the Air Force Satellite Control Network. The SWIFT-AFSCN radio will provide SGLS L-band reception and both reception and transmission of USB S-band signals.

11 Mar 2013

AFIT Purchases SWIFT CubeSat Radios: TUI has received a contract from the Air Force Institute of Technology to deliver several of its SWIFT software defined radios for a CubeSat mission.

25 Feb 2013

TUI Demonstrates 3D Printing of Radiation Shielding: TUI has successfully developed novel materials and processes for fabricating spacecraft structures with integral radiation shielding using a 3D printing process. The "Versatile Structural Radiation Shielding" (VSRS™) technology enables rapid, low-cost fabrication of high-performance spacecraft structural elements that integrate a graded-Z radiation shield. VSRS enables mass reductions on the order of 3X compared to conventional aluminum structures and shielding.

18 Dec 2012

TUI Delivers Terminator Tape Flight Units: TUI has delivered several flight units of its CubeSat Terminator Tape Deorbit Module to The Aerospace Corporation for use on its AeroCube-5 flight mission. The Terminator Tape is a small, low-cost device that enables spacecraft to rapidly remove themselves from low Earth orbit at the completion of their missions so as to help limit the growth of space debris. For further information please see this press release.

11 Dec 2012

TUI Tests SWIFT-AFSCN Radio on Garvey Rocket Launch: In September, TUI conducted a test of its SWIFT-AFSCN S-band Transceiver for CubeSats and nanosats on Garvey Space Corp's Prospector 3B Rocket Launch.

30 Oct 2012

AFRL Selects TUI For Phase II SBIR to Develop SWIFT-AFSCN Radio for CubeSats: The AFRL's SBIR program has selected TUI for potential award of a Phase II effort to develop a radio system that will enable CubeSats to communicate with the AFSCN network. Learn more about the SWIFT-AFSCN radio here.

26 Sept 2012

Army Awards TUI Contract to Develop Launchable Remote Anchoring Module (RAM): The Army's SBIR program has awarded TUI a contract to develop a launchable tagline and remote anchor system. In this effort, TUI will leverage several of its robotics and planetary exploration technologies to create a system that will enable dismounted troops to rapidly and safely establish a bridge or zip-line across obstacles such as ravines and rivers.

6 Sept 2012

Army/SMDC Awards TUI Contract to Develop UHF Communications System for CubeSats: The Army/SMDC has awarded TUI a Phase I SBIR to develop a UHF radio system to enable CubeSats and nanosatellites to to communicate directly with warfighters via handheld radios.

31 July 2012

TUI Wins 2 Phase I NIAC Awards - SpiderFab™ and nanoTHOR: NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program has selected TUI to perform two Phase I efforts. The SpiderFab effort will extend our work on development of additive manufacturing proccesses to fabricate multifunctional spacecraft structures to enable the on-orbit fabrication of kilometer-scale apertures for space science. The nanoTHOR project will develop a simple, lightweight tether system to enable CubeSats and nanosats to be launched into deep-space trajectories at low cost.

31 July 2012

AFRL Awards TUI Contract to Develop Innovative Radiation Shielding Techology for Satellites: The Air Force's SBIR Program has awarded TUI a Phase I contract to perform development of an innovative radiation shielding technology for satellites. Under this contract, TUI will extend its technologies for fabricating multifunctional spacecraft structures using additive manufacturing techniques to enable rapid, low-cost fabrication of structures that provide integral radiation and thermal protection to the satellite.

17 July 2012

NASA Awards TUI Phase III SBIR To Develop Tether System for ISS Reboost: NASA has awarded TUI a Phase III SBIR contract to design a demonstration of an electrodynamic tether (EDT) propulsion system that will be suitable for providing reboost propulsion for the International Space Station. The EDT propulsion system will enable the ISS to maintain its orbit against the effects of aerodynamic drag without consuming propellant. This innovative capability will eliminate the need to launch reboost propellant to the ISS several times per year, and could save NASA and its partners several billion dollars over the lifetime of the station. In the Phase III SBIR effort, TUI will lead a team of industry and academic experts in defining an affordable demonstration of EDT propulsion technologies.

30 Apr 2012

NASA Awards TUI Contract to Develop Water Electrolysis Thruster for CubeSats: NASA has awarded TUI a $750K Phase II SBIR contract to develop the PowerCube Thruster for CubeSats. This technology uses water as a propellant, enabling CubeSats to be launched with an inert, 'green' propellant with no stored energy that would pose a risk to primary payloads. Once on-orbit, the system will use electrolysis to process the water into gaseous hydrogen and oxygen for high specific impulse propulsion. The PowerCube Thruster will provide hundreds to thousands of meters per second of delta-V to enable low-cost CubeSats to perform missions requiring orbit agility and large orbit transfers.

16 Mar 2012

Army Selects TUI to Develop Launchable Anchor System: The Army has selected TUI to perform development of a launchable anchor system to enable dismounted warfighters to quickly and safely cross ravines, rivers, and other difficult obstacles.

18 Nov., 2011

AFRL Awards TUI Contract to Develop SGLS/USB Transciever for CubeSats: The AFRL's SBIR program has awarded TUI a $150K Phase I contract to develop a programmable SGLS/Unified-S-Band transciever for CubeSats. The effort will leverage TUI's extensive development of a high-performance software-defined-radio for CubeSat relative navigation sensors to implement a highly flexible transciever with low size, weight, and power than currently available radios.

30 Sept, 2011

NRL Awards TUI Contract to Develop Robotic Arm for CubeSats and Nanosats: The NRL has awarded TUI a contract to develop a deployable robotic arm suitable for CubeSats and nanosatellites. In this effort, TUI will develop a protoflight robotic arm and perform microgravity testing on it.

14 Aug., 2011

Successful Zero-G Demonstration of CubeSat Deployable Array and Terminator Tape: TUI performed microgravity testing aboard the Zero-G Corporation parabolic flight aircraft of deployment of a high-power deployable solar array for CubeSats as well as of a Terminator Tape module sized for CubeSats and other nanosatellites. Both devices deployed as intended.
TUI is developing two different deployable solar arrays for CubeSats. The first, funded by the AFRL, is sized to provide 25W orbit-average power to the CubeSat bus. The second, funded by Army/SMDC, is sized to provide an unprecedented 80W peak, 50W orbit average to the CubeSat bus, enabling the low-cost CubeSat platform to conduct high-performance missions.
The Terminator Tape module provides a low-mass, low-cost means to enable CubeSats to comply with end-of-mission disposal requirements to help mitigate the orbital debris problem. In addition, TUI successfully tested a unique 'Canfield Joint' carpal-wrist gimbal sized for CubeSat applications that can be used for steering a solar array, thruster, or payload sensor.

01 Aug., 2011

DARPA Awards TUI Contract to Develop Self-Assembling Satellite Technologies: DARPA's Tactical Technology Office has awarded TUI a contract to develop technologies to enable satellites to fabricate and assemble themselves on-orbit.

12 July, 2011

NAVY funds UAV Sensor Towing System Development: NAVAIR's SBIR program has exercised a contract option to fund continued development of TUI's lightweight sensor towing system for UAVs.

4 Mar., 2011

Air Force Awards TUI contract to Develop Plug-n-Play Deployable Array for CubeSats: The Air Force's SBIR program has awarded TUI a Phase I contract to develop a deployable solar array capable of providing 30 W orbit-averaged-power to CubeSats.

22 Feb., 2011

NASA Awards TUI 3 SBIR Contracts: NASA's SBIR program has awarded Tethers Unlimited three Phase I SBIR contracts. In the first, TUI will continue its development of the Terminator Tape Deorbit Module by developing a flight test module of a CubeSat Terminator Tape. In the second effort, TUI will develop the "PowerCube", a CubeSat technology that provides integrated capability for high-power, high-delta-V propulsion, and precise pointing of payloads. In the third effort, TUI will test a novel magnetic nozzle technology designed to dramatically increase the thrust efficiency of MPD thrusters.

11 Jan., 2011

TUI Funded to Investigate Power Harvesting with ED Tethers: TUI has received a subcontract from Penn St. University to participate in a AFOSR funded effort to study power generation and power harvesting in space using electrodynamic tethers.

13 Dec., 2010

TUI Funded to Develop Deployable Antenna for Space Weather Science: TUI has received a contract to develop a deployable antenna based upon its "SensorMast" technology for a space weather science mission.

8 Sept., 2010

SMDC Awards TUI Phase II SBIR to Develop 100W Deployable Array for CubeSats: The Army/SMDC's has awarded Tethers Unlimited a Phase II SBIR contract to develop a flight-qualified prototype of its High-Power Deployable Array for CubeSats. TUI's Deployable Array will provide up to 100 W (55 W orbit average) on a 3U CubeSat, enabling this low-cost small satellite platform to achieve dramatic increases in mission capability.

30 June, 2010

Army Awards TUI Option to Develop High-Power Deployable Array for CubeSats: The Army/SMDC's has exercised a SBIR contract option to enable TUI to continue development of its High-Power Deployable Array for CubeSats. TUI's Deployable Array will provide up to 100 W (55 W orbit average) on a 3U CubeSat.

14 June, 2010

MAST CubeSat Threatened by Space Debris:On the day WIRED Magazine's website features an article discussing TUI's efforts to develop methods for removing space debris, our MAST CubeSat experiment, which was developed in part to test technologies needed for space debris removal, is expected to have a close pass with a derelict rocket upper stage. Oh the bitter irony.

25 May, 2010

WIRED Magazine Covers TUI's RUSTLER and Terminator Tape Solutions for Orbital Debris: WIRED Magazine's June 2010 Issue features an article on the growing space debris problem and potential solutions. Tethers Unlimited's RUSTLER debris clean-up architecture and its Terminator Tape Deorbit Module are discussed in the article..

22 Mar., 2010

TUI Conducts Successful Helicopter Test of MAD Sensor Tow Bird: Tethers Unlimited conducted a successful test of a passively stabilized tow body and optical fiber tow cable intended to enable UAVs to deploy Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) sensors.

2 Nov., 2009

Army Contract to Develop Deployable Array for Nanosatellites: The Army's SBIR Program has awarded Tethers Unlimited a Phase I contract to develop an innovative deployable array technology for nanosatellites.

19 Sep., 2009

TUI Demonstrates Terminator Tape and Electrodynamic Tether Deployers in Zero-G: TUI conducted successful testing of its Terminator Tape Deorbit Module and Electrodynamic Tether Deployer aboard G-Force One, the Zero-G Corporation's microgravity flight aircraft.

12 Jun., 2009

Navy Awards TUI Contract to Develop Sensor Towing System for UAVs: The Navy has awarded TUI a $749K contract to develop a lightweight system for towing magnetic anomaly detectors (MAD) behind air vehicles such as the FireScout UAV and the P8-A Poseidon. TUI will combine its patent-pending Orbital Winch technology with a high-strength optical tether and a stabilized tow body to enable UAV's to utilize MAD sensors.

27 Apr., 2009

DARPA Awards TUI Contract to Develop Satellite Relative Navigation Sensor: DARPA has awarded Tethers Unlimited a $749,920 Phase II SBIR contract to develop its innovative 'RelNav' Sensor. The RelNav Sensor system is a RF-based sensor that will enable groups of spacecraft and UAVs to obtain highly accurate measurements of their relative range and attitude, without relying upon an external reference signal.

22 Apr., 2009

Tethers Unlimited Introduces New CubeSat Deorbit Module: At the 2009 CubeSat Developer's Workshop today, TUI introduced a new CubeSat Deorbit Module. This module, named the nanoTerminator, has an improved form factor that mounts easily onto any face of a CubeSat. When the CubeSat has completed is mission, the nanoTerminator will deploy a 30-m long conducting tape which will generate passive electrodynamic drag to lower the orbit of the satellite. The nanoTerminator will enable CubeSat missions operating at up to 1000 km altitude to meet the 25 year orbital lifetime restriction.

17 Feb., 2009

Air Force Awards TUI Contract to Develop Terminator Tape Deorbit Module to Help Address Orbital Debris Problem: The AFRL's SBIR office has awarded TUI a Phase I SBIR contract to develop a "Terminator Tape" deorbit module for LEO spacecraft. Under the award, TUI will develop a prototype of a pizza-box sized module that will provide a lightweight, low-cost, and low technical risk means for LEO satellite programs to comply with 25-year post-mission orbital lifetime requirements.

27 Jan., 2009

DARPA Awards TUI Contract to Develop "Structural MLI", Part of TUI's "Printable Satellite™" Technology: DARPA and the Army Aviation & Missile Command have awarded TUI a $99K Phase I SBIR contract to develop a "Structural Multi-Layer Insulation" technology. TUI will utilize advanced 3D printing technologies to create multifunctional satellite structures which incorporate the thermal insulation characteristics needed to protect satellite components from the temperature extremes of space. The S-MLI technology is a keystone of TUI's "Printable Spacecraft" concept.

20 Jan., 2009

NAVY Exercises Option to Continue Development of TUI's Sensor Towing System for UAVs:The Navy's SBIR Program has exercised an option on TUI's Phase I SBIR contract to continue the developmet of our innovative system for towing magnetic anomaly detectors behind rotary-wing UAVs such as the Fire Scout as well as fixed-wing aircraft such as the P-8A Poseidon.

1 Jan., 2009

DARPA Selects TUI's Relative Navigation Sensor for Phase II Award: DARPA's SBIR program has selected TUI's "RelNav" Sensor Technology for a Phase II SBIR Award. TUI's RelNav Sensor is a low-cost, low-mass RF-based system that provides high-accuracy relative range and attitude sensing for formations of spacecraft, UAVs, mobile robots, and other vehicles.

26 Nov., 2008

Air Force Selects TUI's Terminator Tape Deorbit Module for SBIR Award: The Air Force's SBIR program has selected for award TUI's "Terminator Tape" Deorbit Module technology. Under the anticipated award, TUI will develop a prototype of a pizza-box sized module that will provide a lightweight and cost-effective means for LEO satellite programs to comply with the 25-year post-mission orbital lifetime requirement.

25 Sept., 2008

Washington Post Article on TUI's Tether Transportation Technology:The Washington Post published an article discussing NASA's 50 year anniversary, and highlights TUI's work on MXER tethers as one of the promising ideas for the future of space transportation.

15 Sept., 2008

TUI Awarded Contract for Structureless Antenna Development:TUI has been awarded a $150K contract to develop a prototype of its Structureless Antenna technology to enable CubeSats and other pico- and nano-satellites to utilize multi-meter aperture antennas for high-gain communications.

03 July, 2008

TUI's Terminator Tether Featured in Popular Science: Popular Science Magazine has published an article on space debris that highlights Tethers Unlimited's Terminator Tether as a leading solution.

02 July, 2008

TUI Awarded NAVY Contract to Develop Extended-Range Underwater Optical Tether Deployer: The NAVY has awarded TUI a $70K contract to develop technologies to reduce the unit cost and extend the range of its Underwater Optical Tether Deployer.

03 June, 2008

NAVY Awards TUI Option Contract for Underwater Optical Tether Deployer Development: The NAVY has exercised a $146K option on TUI's Phase II SBIR contract to develop the Underwater Optical Tether Deployer, Under this option award, TUI will continue to improve its automated process for precision winding of optical fiber spools and perform further at-sea testing.

29 April, 2008

TUI Conducts Successful Demonstration of Underwater Optical Tether Deployer: In a demonstration for our Navy sponsor, TUI conducted a succesful at-sea test of its Underwater Optical Tether Deployer, demonstrating deployment of approximately 4 kilometers of optical fiber at speeds of up to 9 knots while conducting a two-way high-bandwidth video conference over the link.

24 March, 2008

Sandia Labs Awards TUI Contract to Develop Optical Fiber Deployer for DARPA's Hopping Robot: The Sandia National Laboratories has awarded TUI a $250K contract to develop an optical fiber deployer to provide a high-bandwidth two-way data link for the Hopping Robot it is developing under funding from DARPA.

22 March, 2008

TUI Tethers Installed on MISSE-6 Experiment on International Space Station: Several short samples of space tethers fabricated by TUI were installed on the exterior of the ISS as a part of the MISSE-6 experiment. These samples include tethers with and without coatings intended to protect their high-strength polymeric yarns from the atomic oxygen and UV light present in the space environment. The tether exposure experiment was designed by Montana State University's Space Science and Engineering Laboratory

17 March, 2008

NAVY Funds TUI to Develop Sensor Towing System for UAV's: The Navy's SBIR program has awarded TUI a contract to apply its patent-pending 'Orbital Winch' design, originally developed for space tether systems, to field a lightweight towing system for Magnetic Anomaly Sensors and other payloads on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms.

14 March, 2008

NAVY Selects TUI to Develop Extended-Range Underwater Optical Tether Deployer: The Navy's SBIR program has selected for award TUI's proposal to advance its Underwater Optical Tether Deployer technology to enable longer fiber lengths in order to increase the communications time provided by the system.

12 Oct, 2007

DARPA Funds TUI to Develop Relative Position and Attitude Sensor Spacecraft Formations: DARPA's SBIR program has awarded TUI a contract to develop a sensor based upon multi-axis doppler direction finding to provide relative position and attitude sensing for formations of spacecraft such as the F6 system.

15 September, 2007

TUI Selected to Fortune 5000 List: TUI has been recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the US.

21 August, 2007

Navy Awards TUI Contract for Cable Inspector Technology: The U.S. Navy's SBIR program has awarded TUI a $70K contract to develop a tool for inspecting guy wires used to secure tall antenna towers. In this effort TUI will apply some of the technologies and components flown in the MAST space tether experiment to this challenging terrestrial application.

16 April, 2007

NPR features story on Tethers Unlimited's MAST Experiment on Morning Edition: An archive of the audio story and some accompanying text is here.

10 April, 2007

Navy selects TUI's "MEDUSA" technology for funding: The Office of Naval Research (ONR) SBIR program has selected for award TUI's "Marine Environment Deployment of Undersea Sensor Arrays" (MEDUSA) technology.

28 March, 2007

MAST Experiment Makes the Front Page at Engadget: Engadget features MAST in a short article.

28 March, 2007

MAST Experiment Covered by New Scientist: The New Scientist has published an article discussing our upcoming MAST experiment.

20 March, 2007

MAST Tethered Satellite Experiment Launch Update: The launch of our Multi-Application Survivable Tether (MAST) Experiment is scheduled for 17 April 2007. Wish us luck!

1 November, 2006

Optical Fiber Deployer for Robotic Vehicles: Sandia Laboratories awarded TUI a contract to develop an optical fiber deployment system for a fast-moving robotic system.

1 August, 2006

The Space Show Interviews TUI's CEO: The Space Show, hosted by Dr. David Livingston, featured an interview with TUI's CEO, Dr. Robert P. Hoyt on its August 1 broadcast. A link to a podcast version of the show can be found here.

27 July, 2006

$1M Navy Contract to Develop Underwater Optical Fiber Deployer: the Navy/SPAWAR has issued TUI a Phase II SBIR contract to continue development of a system for deploying optical fiber at high speeds underwater to provide high-bandwidth communications for submarine-launched buoys. With options, the total value of the contract is over $1M.

22 June, 2006

NIAC Award for Propellantless Propulsion Flight Demonstration: NIAC has selected TUI for award of a Phase II contract to conduct a flight demonstration of its innovative "Integrated Structure with Electrodynamic Propulsion (ISEP)" technology. The ISEP demonstration will be accomplished using TUI's low-cost nanosatellite bus technologies.

13 June, 2006

NIAC Award for Cleaning Up Space Radiation: NIAC has selected TUI for a Phase I award to study the feasibility of using electrostatic structures to reduce radiation levels in the Van Allen belts around Earth and Jupiter.

1 June, 2006

DARPA Funds MXER Tether Demo Concept Development: DARPA has awarded TUI a $199K effort to develop a concept design for a demonstration mission of the Momentum-Exchange/Electrodynamic-Reboost (MXER) tether transportation system.

9 May, 2006

First nanoTerminator™ Delivered for Flight Mission: TUI has delivered its first nanoTerminator™ device to CalPoly for use on an upcoming CalPoly CubeSat flight experiment.

25 April, 2006

TUI Signs Launch Contract: TUI has entered into an agreement for the launch of its MAST experiment, which will demonstrate TUI's space-survivable Hoytether as well as low-cost nanosatellite technologies. The experiment will fly as a secondary payload on a Dnepr rocket, currently scheduled for launch in August '06.

21 April, 2006

TUI Awarded $390K to Develop Innovative "Structureless Antenna" Technology: DARPA's Tactical Technology Office has awarded TUI a $390K seedling contract to develop its revolutionary "Structureless Antenna" technology, which can enable nano- and micro-spacecraft to deploy and use very large aperture antennas.

17 March, 2006

Navy Selects TUI's Underwater Fiber Optic Deployment Technology for Funding: The Navy's SPAWAR command has selected TUI for a Phase II award for development of a system for deploying fiber optic cables at high speeds underwater.

15 February, 2006

DARPA Selects TUI's Innovative Antenna Technology for Funding: DARPA's Tactical Technology Office has selected for award a proposal by TUI to develop an innovative new space antenna technology.

15 September, 2005

TUI Featured in NASA SBIR Success Story Video: NASA's SBIR/STTR program has featured Tethers Unlimited in their 2005 "Hallmarks of Success" Video. The movie is archived here.

8 August, 2005

TUI Introduces the "nanoTerminator™": At the 2005 SmallSat conference, TUI introduced the nanoTerminator™, a very low-cost electrodynamic tether device, about the size of a D-cell battery, which will provide a cost-effective means for deorbiting nanosatellites at the conclusion of their mission.

6 June, 2005

NIAC Award : NASA's Institute for Advanced Concepts has selected TUI for a Phase I award for investigation of "Modular Spacecraft with Integrated Structural Electrodynamic Propulsion".

16 March, 2005

Smithsonian to Display Hoytether™: TUI's patented Hoytether™ will be featured in an "Extreme Textiles" exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute's Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum beginning April 7, 2005.

16 March, 2005

NAVY SBIR Award: The Navy has announced that TUI has been selected for award for a Phase I SBIR effort to develop a system for deploying fiber-optic linked buoys from fast-moving submarines.

22 November, 2004

NASA Langley Article on TUI: NASA Langley's Researcher News magazine has featured TUI's work on space tethers and the SensorLine project in an article.

19 November, 2004

Magnetic Nozzle NASA Contract Award: NASA has awarded TUI a Phase I SBIR contract to develop magnetic nozzles optimized for magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) thrusters.

17 November, 2004

Space.com Feature Story on TUI's Terminator Tether™: Space.com and Technovelgy.com have posted an excellent article discussing the space debris problem and TUI's innovative solution, the Terminator Tether™.

21 September, 2004

TUI Moves to Larger Facility: Having outgrown our first office space, we have moved to a larger facility in Bothell, WA, which will give us more room for our staff and nefarious experiments.

16 September, 2004

TUI Conducts Successful Zero-G Tests: A 6 person team from Tethers Unlimited, Inc. performed a number of highly successful experiments in microgravity on a flight conducted by Zero Gravity Corp, demonstrating our tether deployer and GRASP technologies. TUI was proud to be Zero-G's first research customer, and we all had a blast!

1 June, 2004

TUI Wins $230K DARPA Seedling: DARPA's Special Projects Office has awarded TUI a seedling contract for further development of space radiation remediation technologies

March 24, 2004

NASA Selects TUI's MAST Experiment for Phase II STTR Award: NASA's SBIR/STTR program has announced that it will award a $500K Phase II STTR award to TUI and Stanford University to conduct their Multi-Application Survivable Tether (MAST) flight experiment, a low-cost mission to obtain on-orbit measurements of tether survivability in the space debris environment.

December 15, 2003

TUI Wins $180K DARPA Seedling:  DARPA's Special Projects Office has awarded TUI a seedling contract for development of the company's proprietary space tether technologies.

December 8, 2003

TUI Wins $1.2M From NASA to Develop MXER Tethers and SensorLine:  NASA's SBIR program has awarded TUI two new Phase II SBIR contracts, with a total value of $1.2M, to develop Momentum-Exchange/Electrodynamic-Reboost Tether Technologies and its SensorLine system for planetary exploration applications.

September 15, 2003

TUI to Develop Space Debris Capture Technology:  TUI has been awarded a $350K contract from DARPA to develop GRASP (Grapple, Retrieve And Secure Payload), a set of low-cost, lightweight technologies that will enable small spacecraft to capture and manipulate other space objects such as space debris. Combined with our Terminator Tether» product, the GRASP technology will enable TUI to provide a complete system for remediating the orbital debris environment.

June 18, 2003

Space.com Article on TUI and its role in developing MXER Tethers.

May 29, 2003

Nature Article on MXER Tethers.

May 16, 2003

In-Space Propulsion Awards NASA's In-Space Propulsion Program has announced that TUI has been selected for award of two contracts, one for development of TUI's TetherSim-MX software tool for simulation of Momentum-Exchange/Electrodynamic-Reboost Tether Transportation Systems and one for development of Hoytethers™ suitable for use in MXER Tether Systems. See the Press Release.

April 10, 2003

DARPA Award TUI announced today that it has been awarded a $190K contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for development of proprietary technologies.

 
January 15, 2003

NASA SBIR Award NASA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program has awarded TUI a Phase I Contract to develop its SensorLine™ product for planetary exporation applications. See the Press Release.

January 14, 2003

NASA STTR Award NASA's Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Program has awarded TUI a Phase I Contract to team with Stanford University's Space Systems Development Laboratory to develop the "Multi-Application Space Tether" (MAST) CubeSat flight experiement. This experiment will obtain important data on the survivability and dynamics of space tether systems. See the Press Release.

January 14, 2003

NASA SBIR Award NASA's SBIR Program has awarded TUI a Phase I Contract to develop its patented Momentum-Exchange/Electrodynamic Reboost (MXER) Tether Technologies. See the Press Release.

Sept 16, 2002

SPACE.com Story : TUI's HiVOLT concept for Radiation Belt Remediation is covered in a SPACE.com story by Leonard David.

Aug 13, 2002 Patent Award: TUI Awarded 7th patent, for "Failure Resistant Multiline Tether", US Patent 6,431,497.
July 16, 2002 Patent Award: TUI Awarded 6th patent, for "Electrodynamic Tether Control", US Patent 6,419,191.
May 14, 2002 Patent Award: TUI Awarded 5th patent, for "Failure Resistant Multiline Tether", US Patent 6,386,484.
April 17, 2002 TUI Forms ScienceOps Division: TUI has formed a new division, called ScienceOps, to provide scientific computing services to corporate clients.
April 10, 2002 Successful Test Deployment: TUI successfully test-deployed a small tether deployer designed to provide propellantless propulsion for microsatellites.
Sept 5, 2001

TUI Develops ED Tether Stabilization System: TUI has successfully developed a method for stabilizing the dynamics of electrodynamic space tethers. For more information, see the technical paper here.

July 17, 2001

Patent Award : The US Patent office awarded TUI patent number 6,260,807 for a micrometeoroid and space debris survivable tether structure.

June 11, 2001 NASA Awards TUI Tethered Formation Flying Contract: On , NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center awarded TUI a contract to develop technologies for tethered formation flying spacecraft architectures.
April 18, 2001 Air Force Awards TUI Contract To Develop Tether Propulsion System for Microsatellites: The Air Force Research Laboratory awarded Tethers Unlimited, Inc. a $749,848 contract to develop a small electrodynamic tether propulsion system for a microsatellite experiment.
Jan. 16, 2001

Patent Award : The US Patent office awarded TUI patent number 6,173,922 for the "Failure Resistant Multiline Tether".

Dec. 22, 2000 TUI Wins SBIR Award to Develop Electrodynamic Tether Technology: NASA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program announced today that Tethers Unlimited, Inc. has been selected for award of a Phase I SBIR contract to develop technologies to enable the stabilization of electrodynamic tether systems.
Dec. 10, 2000 TUI Featured In Wired Magazine: Wired Magazine features a story on Tethers Unlimited, Inc. in their January issue.
Oct 19, 2000 TUI To Help Develop Tethered Interferometric Telescope: NASA's Space Base Technology Program (formerly the Cross-Enterprise Program) announced that it intends to award a contract to a team including TUI, NASA/GSFC, NRL, and MIT to develop an "Active Tethered Distributed Spacecraft Architecture." This technology will help NASA build low-cost, large-aperture interferometric telescopes for finding Earth-like planets around other stars and for intestigating the structure of the universe.
Sept. 12, 2000

Patent Award: On , the US Patent office awarded TUI patent number 6,116,544 for "Electrodynamic Tether And Method of Use.

  Beyond 2000 Story: Beyond2000 features TUI's tether technologies in an article.
  Space.com Story: Space.com features an interview with Dr. Forward
  Boeing & TUI win HASTOL Phase II Award: Boeing/Reusable Space Systems and Tethers Unlimited Inc. have won a Phase II award from NASA's Institute for Advanced Concepts to develop the "Hypersonic Airplane Space Tether Orbital Launch (HASTOL) Architecture," which could revolutionize access to space by making it possible to get into orbit without using rockets!
  TUI Teams with Boeing: Tethers Unlimited, Inc. has teamed with Boeing North America's Reusable Space Systems on two successful tether projects. In the first, TUI has awarded Boeing a subcontract on our Phase II NIAC contract to help us develop designs for tether boost facilities. In the second, Boeing has awarded TUI a subcontract to help them develop a "Hypersonic Airplane Space Tether Orbital Launch (HASTOL) Architecture"
  TUI Featured in upcoming Discovery Channel Program: Tethers Unlimited's Terminator Tether™ was featured on Beyond 2000, a cutting-edge technology program on the Discovery Channel.
  DISCOVERY Story on TUI: Check out a recent story on TUI on the Discovery Channel's Web page. Note that the tether that they mentioned having broken was not one of ours!
  Contract Award: NASA's Institute for Advanced Concepts has selected Tethers Unlimited, Inc. to receive a Phase II contract to continue developing the Cislunar and Mars Tether Transport Systems!
  TUI in Small Business Feature The Puget Sound Business Journal featured TUI in its small business section.

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