Giant Leaps: Dynetics sets its sights on the moon and beyond

Wednesday July 10, 2019

For forty-five years, Dynetics has distinguished itself as a premier aerospace and defense contractor in Rocket City, USA. In 2009, we first expanded our capabilities to the space sector, shocking the industry with the success of our Fast, Affordable, Scientific, SATellite (FASTSAT) small satellite. In just ten short years, Dynetics has built a reputation as a company that provides reliable, rapid, and efficient space solutions. 

"Dynetics has a rich heritage in defense and intelligence, and really what we needed to do in the last few years was translate what we've done for those government contractors into 'NASA speak' and demonstrate that the rigor that we place on weapons systems development and things we do for the warfighter, that those are mission critical systems, just like the systems that support astronauts," says Kim Doering, vice president for space systems. 

Dynetics has done just that, continuing to build a reputation on such contracts as the NASA/Boeing Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage Exhaust Gas Heat Exchanger, NASA/Radiance SLS Core Stage Pathfinder, and NASA SLS Universal Stage Adapter. In the commercial sector, we have supported ULA to test the Vulcan vehicle. In November 2018, we were selected to develop small satellites for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) Technical Center program, Lonestar. Our next goal? To become the "go-to" propulsion provider for partners in both government and industry. 

We have recently secured three major contract wins in support of lunar exploration architecture. First is Astrobotic's Peregrine Lunar Lander. The Pittsburgh-based company chose Dynetics to provide the propulsion system for its commercial lander, which is scheduled to land on the Moon in 2020. We are also a key player in NASA's Artemis Program.  Dynetics is one of eleven companies selected to study and build five descent stage prototypes for a new human lunar lander. The Artemis program is NASA's plan to return to the Moon by 2024. Lastly, Dynetics is playing a key role in Maxar's plan for NASA's Lunar Gateway. Maxar Technologies was awarded a contract to develop and demonstrate power, propulsion, and communication capabilities for NASA's Lunar Gateway, a space station that will orbit the Moon. Dynetics will provide support for the power and propulsion element and will aid establishment of a sustainable presence on the celestial body. Executives from both companies signed a teaming agreement on July 9, 2019, to signify the beginning of the partnership.

As we celebrate one of humankind's greatest accomplishments--the Apollo 11 moon landing--we are focused on the future of space propulsion. We have the experience, capabilities, and facilities to power the push to the moon. "At Dynetics, we love challenges, and there is a spirit of tackling anything that comes in," says Doering. "It's an exciting time to be here."  

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