Thomas Yen

CEO, Tensor Tech

Back in 2016, I started to research spherical motors with my partner Sam. We studied this topic in the Electrical Machine and Drive System Laboratory in the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Cheng-Kung University. Meanwhile, there comes an opportunity that our lab is helping the National Space Organization (NSPO) in Taiwan to build single-axis reaction wheels.

By participating in that reaction wheel development work, we found a pain point for commercial space players. Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) takes an unavoidable portion of the weight and volume from a satellite. However, the size of satellite buses has to be shrunk to reduce costs and extract more volume for payloads. Therefore, we started to aim our spherical motor for satellite applications and tried to resolve the obstacles for satellite minimization.

After years of research, we finally worked out a feasible solution. Our team then spun out from NCKU as a startup company- Tensor Tech in 2019. To accelerate the growth of our company, I dropped out of the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University, right after the beginning of my entrepreneurial life. 

Tensor Tech is a professional, service-oriented, and attitude-control-focused company. Our spherical motor solution can help satellite missions reduce costs and extract more returns by saving size, weight, and power consumption (SWaP). Moreover, we not only position ourselves as a component supplier but also a total solution deliverer. To contribute to the accessibility of commercial space, integrated ADCS and related services, including testings and free mission planning consulting for potential customers, are provided by Tensor Tech. Ultimately, we would like to facilitate the space industry's growth by making more people profiting from it. Hoping our efforts can enable more exciting space-based applications to pop up in the future, that's the dream and driving force for me and Tensor Tech to go forward.