Dynetics has been awarded a contract under NASA’s Artemis program to design a Human Landing System (HLS) and compete to build a system to take the first woman and next man to the lunar surface by 2024. The Dynetics HLS can be fully integrated and launched on the Space Launch System (SLS) Block 1B vehicle. For commercial launches, it can be flown aboard United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan Centaur rocket.
Previously, NASA 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NASA selected Dynetics to study and build five prototypes for an element of a new human lunar lander. NASA's Artemis program will include the development of a new human landing system to send astronauts back to the lunar surface by 2024.
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.