Dynetics set to open Decatur aerospace facility

Monday October 07, 2019

Dynetics is opening its new Aerospace Structures Complex in Decatur, Alabama. The new facility brings a capability to North Alabama to support the development, integration, and structural testing of large aerospace structures. Initially, Dynetics will use the facility to build the NASA Space Launch System's Universal Stage Adapter and to perform structural qualification testing for United Launch Alliance's Vulcan Centaur booster.  The facility is a multi-use facility that will serve NASA, DoD and commercial customers.

 "It's an exciting time for the space industry," said Kim Doering, Dynetics vice president of Space Systems. "NASA's exploration programs including the Space Launch System, Human Lander System and Gateway afford the Alabama space community the opportunity to make significant contributions to the establishment of a human lunar economy and to landing humans on mars. ULA's new Vulcan Centaur launcher will provide a critical capability to support defense of our nation and to support the burgeoning small satellite market.  Dynetics decided to build this complex so we could contribute to these vital projects.  Our new complex will play an essential role within Alabama's aerospace landscape."

The complex has three facilities: Test Stand 1, Test Control Center, and the Hardware Integration Facility.

·     The Test Stand 1 is 60 feet long, 60 feet wide, and 100 feet high with the capability to hoist 35 tons. It will support structural qualification testing.

·     The 4,000 square foot Test Control Center offers customers the capability to view tests and analyze real-time data onsite. 

·     The Hardware Integration Facility allows for the assembly of large aerospace structures and houses test cells. Within the 43,000 square foot facility, the integration high bay is 15,000 square feet.

Through a strategic alliance, the United Launch Alliance's Vulcan Centaur qualification booster will be tested to validate the Vulcan's advanced design and manufacturing technology. The booster will be in the Test Stand 1 at the opening. 

"The strategic location and partnership with Dynetics provides ULA with advanced testing capabilities that will benefit the Vulcan Centaur program," said Mark Peller, vice president of Major Development. "This structural test article is an important step in ensuring that the Vulcan Centaur is ready to launch in 2021 supporting our nation's national security space program."

Dynetics selected the Decatur site because of the area's storied history of rocket development and testing, its proximity to our customers and its convenient location on the Tennessee River - enabling ease of transportation. From its opening, this testing complex will bring 25 jobs to the River City with more jobs to be added later. 

The company broke ground on the complex in August 2017.

The complex's grand opening will be on Tuesday, October 8at 10 a.m. Headquartered in Huntsville, Dynetics is celebrating its 45thyear of operations and has locations in ten states.


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