Terminal Velocity Aerospace Appoints Advisory Board

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red-splash-3ATLANTA, GA, February 5, 2013 (TVA PR) – Terminal Velocity Aerospace, LLC (TVA), today announced formation of an Advisory Board to help guide the company in its mission to improve reentry safety and further the utilization of outer space.

The composition of the Advisory Board addresses three areas of critical importance to the TVA mission: understanding the needs of the commercial and government aerospace sectors, interfacing with space transportation regulatory and policy organizations, and ensuring technical excellence in the field of planetary entry.

The board members are

  • former Aerospace Corporation President and CEO Dr. William F. Ballhaus, Jr.,
  • former FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation Associate Administrator Ms. Patti Grace Smith, and
  • Mars Science Laboratory Entry Descent and Landing phase lead Dr. Adam D. Steltzner.

Dr. Ballhaus is an accomplished aerospace industry leader with a distinguished career in commercial and government leadership roles at the Aerospace Corporation, Lockheed Martin and NASA.

Ms. Smith is well known for fostering a culture of safety and innovation in leading the FAA’s commercial space regulatory activities during a time of tremendous growth and change for the commercial space industry.

Dr. Steltzner and the Mars Science Laboratory entry, descent, and landing team captured the excitement of the world by landing the Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars using an innovative and well-founded sky crane system.

“We are excited about the future of TVA, and we are fortunate to have an Advisory Board that shares in that excitement,” said Dominic DePasquale, Chief Executive Officer of TVA. “The Advisory Board members offer a wealth of experience that will introduce fresh insights and further focus the company’s efforts. I look forward to working with each of our Advisory Board members.”

Terminal Velocity Aerospace, LLC (TVA) is a company dedicated to improving reentry safety and furthering the utilization of outer space. TVA offers small devices for data collection during reentry breakup events, and for safe return of small payloads from space. The first of these devices, RED-Data, functions as a data recorder during the reentry of its host vehicle to provide unparalleled insight into the physics of atmospheric breakup. Near-term applications include reentering spacecraft, upper-stages and orbital debris. Through an ongoing relationship with The Aerospace Corporation, and a research and development partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Space Systems Design Laboratory, TVA is concurrently developing a family of small reentry devices for data collection and cost-effective small payload return.