Powering innovative, responsive, and affordable solutions from subcomponent to full system

Space systems and technologies are critical to our nation’s economic, scientific, and national security capabilities.

Today, space affects everything in our lives—from activities such as instant approval of point-of-purchase sales, routine interbank transfers, disaster relief support, and weather monitoring to providing our warfighters with the latest intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data. Innovative, affordable, and responsive space systems are needed to meet such ever-increasing demands.

Dynetics is your provider of innovative, affordable, and responsive space systems solutions, meeting Government and commercial needs.

Space Capabilities

Propulsion Systems

Our expertise in design, analysis, systems engineering, integration, manufacturing, and test provides full-spectrum support for launch vehicles, missile systems, and spacecraft. We have experience with most rocket propellants:

  • Liquid and gaseous oxygen, methane, and hydrogen
  • Propane and ethane
  • Nitrous oxide and hydrogen peroxide
  • Hydroxy-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) and various solid and hybrid fuels
  • Hydroxylammonium nitrate (HAN) (AF-315E) and hydrazine

Mechanical and propulsion testing

We have the experience, capabilities, and facilities to provide rapid, cost effective propulsion, mechanical, and environmental testing solutions for our customers:

  • Propulsion testing of up to 50,000-lbf thrust-class engines and stages, including liquids, solids, hybrids, and gases; hypergolic storable propellants; and green propellants
  • Mechanical testing of pneumatic and hydraulic systems, including cryogenics to hot gases, structural development and qualification, and proof and burst
  • Environmental testing, including vibration, temperature cycling, and thermal shock and vacuum

Mission design and vehicle sizing

We offer extensive mission design, advanced concepts, and vehicle sizing capabilities to meet customers' needs:

  • Mission concept studies
  • Spacecraft and launch concept development
  • Vehicle sizing, configuration, and performance modeling and simulation
  • Trajectory and orbital modeling and analysis

System integration and assembly

We provide systems engineering; assembly, integration, and test (AI&T); operations; and program management support across all system elements:

  • Human-rated mechanical components
  • Build-to-print assemblies
  • Large aerospace structures

Vehicle structure design and manufacturing

From concept development through low-volume manufacturing, we provide comprehensive design, analysis, and manufacturing solutions:

  • Aerospace structural components and assemblies
  • Towed aerial targets
  • Assembly tools
  • Ground support equipment

Small satellite development and manufacturing

We offer low-cost, rapid-response, and end-to-end small satellite development capabilities:

  • Hot-fire testing for up to 50,000-lbf thrust-class propulsion systems
  • Cryogenic propellant testing
  • Large cryogenic structures testing
  • Testing using water-cooled thrust chambers

Human Landing System

Human Landing System rendering

Dynetics received an initial $40.8 million as part of NASA's Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Appendix N in September 2021 to help the agency enable a steady pace of crewed trips to the Moon's surface as part of the Artemis program.

Previously, Dynetics was one of three prime contractors awarded a contract under NASA's NextSTEP-2 Appendix H to design a Human Landing System (HLS) as part of the Artemis program. NASA also selected Dynetics to study and build five prototypes for an element of a new human lunar lander. Dynetics focused on the lander's descent element.

Universal Stage Adapter (USA)

Universal Stage Adapter rendering

Dynetics is the prime contractor building the USA for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). SLS is a powerful, advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle designed to be flexible and evolvable for deep-space destinations. The SLS will begin using the USA on the Block 1B configuration, which is scheduled for launch in the early 2020s. The USA will also be used on future SLS configurations.

SLS Core Stage Pathfinder

SLS Core Stage Pathfinder rendering

Dynetics played an integral role in the completion of NASA’s SLS Core Stage Pathfinder, critical hardware for reducing the risk of first-time operations with the 212-ft tall core stage of the rocket. NASA awarded Radiance Technologies the Pathfinder vehicle delivery order under the Engineering Solutions and Prototyping contract, with Dynetics as the technical lead. G&G Steel was added to perform the final welding and major assembly operations in their commercial facility on the Black Warrior River. The Pathfinder vehicle will be used to demonstrate core stage operations and transportation, including routes for testing, assembly, and launch. The vehicle, constructed from steel, replicates key core stage characteristics—212 ft long with a 27.6 ft diameter, weighing 228,000 lb.


In November 2018, Dynetics was 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. This program will produce two tactical space support vehicles (TSSVs), which will aid in all phases of joint force operations.

Dynetics will develop and integrate the TSSVs and payloads at its facilities, which boast payload development labs, clean rooms and environmental test capabilities. The small satellite-based platforms are designed to operate in low earth orbit (LEO) for a minimum of two years.

Operational Fires (OpFires)

In 2019, a team comprised of Exquadrum, Inc. of Adelanto, California, and Dynetics, Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Under the Operational Fires (OpFires) Propulsion System program, the team is designing and developing innovative technologies that enable an advanced tactical weapon system.

The program aims to develop and demonstrate a novel ground-launched system for hypersonic boost glide weapons to penetrate modern enemy air defenses and rapidly and precisely engage critical time sensitive targets.

Laser Air Monitor System (LAMS)

In 2018, Dynetics was selected by NASA/Johnson Space Center (JSC) to produce of three Laser Air Monitor System (LAMS) units which are intended to be used on approximately eight Artemis missions, beginning with Artemis III. The LAMS will measure oxygen, carbon dioxide, water vapor, temperature, and pressure accurately enough to detect unsafe levels of these elements within the Orion spacecraft in time to allow the crew to respond to the fast changes in air composition in the Orion cabin.

Peregrine Lunar Lander

Astrobotic selected Dynetics as the propulsion provider for the Peregrine lunar lander, which will begin delivering customer payloads to the moon beginning in 2021. Dynetics will integrate Peregrine’s main engines and attitude control thrusters, controller electronics, tanks, and feed system to perform all propulsive maneuvers.

Maxar Partnership for NASA's Lunar Gateway

Dynetics and Maxar Technologies signed a teaming agreement to build and demonstrate the power and propulsion element for the Gateway, a crucial component of NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program. This mission is slated for launch by the end of 2022. It will provide power, maneuvering, attitude control, communications systems, and initial docking capabilities for the Gateway.

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