Re-Entry Device (RED)

SpaceWorks’ line of reentry devices (RED) are on-demand payload return capsules that enable low-cost, autonomous reentry from Earth orbit. The RED product line provides high-frequency and precise downmass capabilities to support novel material development, microgravity experimentation, and on-orbit sample collection. The capsule-shaped devices accommodate customizable payload masses, payload configurations, and thermal management requirements, and utilize a SpaceWorks’ proprietary TPS, called Nova-F, capable of withstanding the high temperatures associated with reentry. The RED systems nominally support returning 6-50 kg of payload from space to anywhere within the contiguous United States in under 24 hours.

Features

  • Reconfigurable Payload Bay
  • Guided Parafoil Precision Landing
  • On-orbit Loading

Applications

  • Sample Return
  • Zero Gravity Experiments
  • On-Demand Cargo Return

Specifications

Capsule RED-4U RED-25 RED-50
Payload Return Capacity 6.0 kg 25 kg 50 kg
Gross Mass 28 kg 117 kg 220 kg
Diameter 53 cm 1.0 m  1.3 m

RED dimensions

RED size chart

Specifications
TRL:
4
Regulatory:
ITAR Compliant
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