Dynetics, Company Leader of the Rocket City Space Pioneers, Announces Plans for New High-Tech Facility
Last week, Dynetics announced the start of our new $50M prototyping facility here in Huntsville, Ala. At 225,000 square feet, it will provide a place to assemble, integrate and test our entry into the GLXP competition. We’ve set aside lab space for assembling satellites of many sorts, complete with an overhead crane and a large clean room for integration. We have a separate lab for vacuum/thermal tests. The facility will also expand our current capability to fabricate micro-electronics such as those we do for our modular telemetry system. Also last week, we had a Rocket City Space Pioneers Team meeting to map out our strategy for everything from educational outreach and sponsorship activities to the schedule for our SCR with NASA coming up soon. Team Leader Tim Pickens led the meeting. The day after the meeting we had a successful high pressure firing of the warm gas lunar lander we’ve fabricated. It is headed toward a full system test under the direction of teammate Teledyne Brown Engineering in a NASA test facility by February 2011. We’ll post some video of the most recent test very soon.