Dynetics

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Dynetics
Type Employee Owned
Industry Defense, Aerospace
Founded 1974
Headquarters 1002 Explorer Blvd. Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Key people Marc J. Bendickson, Ph.D (CEO)
David A. King (President)
Thomas A. Baumbach (CTO)
Revenue $285M (2013)
Employees 1300
Website www.dynetics.com

Dynetics is an employee-owned engineering, applied science, and information technology company headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama.[1] Its primary customers are the United States Department of Defense, the United States Intelligence Community, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).[2]

History[edit]

Herschel Matheny and Dr. Steve Gilbert founded Dynetics in 1974.[1] During the 1980s, Dynetics expanded to include electro-optic and infrared sensors, missile systems analysis and design, software development, modeling and simulation, and foreign material exploitation of radars, missiles, and missile seekers.[1]

In the 1990s, Dynetics continued to grow its core business, and expanded into the automotive supply industry as a provider of electrical test systems.[3] Since 2000, Dynetics has been selling information technology (IT) and cybersecurity services, including winning a contract to provide IT services to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC).[4] The company entered the space business with the development of the FASTSAT (Fast Affordable Science and Technology Satellite) micro-satellite and the purchase of Orion Propulsion.[5][6] Its space business continued to grow with the SLS (Space Launch System) contract with NASA.[7]

Operations[edit]

Dynetics divides its services and products into the following categories: Intelligence, Missiles, Aviation, Cyber, and Space.[8] The company opened a new building in 2012 called “The Solutions Complex” that is 226,500 square feet of research and development facilities located in Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, Alabama.[8]

Projects[edit]

  • In 2009, Dynetics teamed up with Freedom Information Systems, Inc. CIBER, MacAulay-Brown/Gray Research, and MEI Technologies and won the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) contract.[9][10] This contract is valued at approximately - $335 million over five years and covers IT security services; IT planning; telecommunication services; applications and web services; computing and audio visual information services.[9]
  • In 2010, Dynetics teamed up with Marshall Space Flight Center and the Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation (VCSI) to build the FASTSAT-HSV.[7]
  • In 2012, Dynetics submitted a proposal to NASA based on affordability, reliability, and performance for the F-1 engine, Main Propulsion System, and Structure risk reduction tasks for a possible SLS contract.[7] Dynetics, with partner Aerojet Rocketdyne, was chosen and charged with the task of testing and manufacturing innovative engine components such as an integrated power pack, the primary rotating machinery of the engine.[11][12]

Dynetics served as systems integrator for the development of the world's largest precision-guided air-dropped system, the 22,600 pounds (10,300 kg) MOAB bomb.[13][14]

In May 2014, Dynetics announced that they will build up to 18 satellites to orbit Earth, in order to gather more data about the planet for the government and businesses. The company will be partnering with OmniEarth LLC, Harris Corp. and Draper Laboratories for the project.[15] Dynetics also partnered with rocket propulsion company Aerojet Rocketdyne to help design upgrades to NASA's Space Launch System.[16]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Company Overview of Dynetics, Inc.". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "About Dynetics, Inc.". Corporate Gray. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  3. ^ JIM DUNN. "Dynetics builds its modeling and simulation success by learning from previous jobs". Technology Alabama. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  4. ^ EMAHONEY (December 14, 2009). "Freedom Teams with Dynetics to Win NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Information Technology Services (MITS) Contract". Freedom Information System. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "FASTSAT Launch". Nasa.gov. November 19. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Dynetics Announces Purchase of Orion Propulsion". Space Fellowship. December 22, 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "NASA Selects Space Launch System Advanced Booster Proposals". Nasa.gov. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Dynetic Opens New Solutions Complex". Spacefoundation.org. April 25, 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  9. ^ a b EMAHONEY (December 14, 2009). "Freedom Teams with Dynetics to Win NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Information Technology Services (MITS) Contract". Freedom Information System. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Dynetics gains $335M contract". al.com. December 14, 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Doug Messier (October 2, 2012). "NASA Awards SLS Advanced Booster Contracts to ATK, Dynetics and Northrop Grumman". parabolicarc.com. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Muhammed El-Hasan (June 18, 2013). "Aerojet Rocketdyne, newly formed rocket engine maker, expects job stability, growth". DailyBreeze.com. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Kelley, Mike (2011-12-15). "Dynetics to provide systems integration for new commercial space launch system". Huntsville Times. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  14. ^ Kelley, Mike (2011-12-15). "Dynetics to provide systems integration for new commercial space launch system". Huntsville Times. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  15. ^ Roop, Lee (20 May 2014). "Huntsville's Dynetics will build Earth-observing satellites to image entire planet every day". www.al.com. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  16. ^ Roop, Lee (19 May 2014). "New teaming in Alabama rocket industry as Aerojet Rocketdyne, Dynetics link up". al.com. Retrieved June 27, 2014.