GLXP News: Rocket City Space Pioneers Release Free iPad App


RCSP PR – PR Huntsville, Ala. (Dec. 1, 2011) –The Rocket City Space Pioneers (RCSP), the Huntsville-centric team competing in the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE competition, invite you to launch a rocket from Rocket City to the moon, land on the moon and explore the moon to meet your mission objectives. RCSP’s new iPad game is now available at the App Store. The game can be downloaded at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rocket-city-space-pioneers/id481158783?mt=8.

RCSP has released a free interactive game designed and developed by team memberAnalytical Mechanics Associates (AMA) that will allow participants to choose their mission and skill level, and ultimately test their skills in the areas of launching rockets to the moon, landing landers on the moon and racing rovers on the moon.

There are many challenges along the way, and AMA has captured all the technical and fun elements to make it a hit for all ages, according to RCSP Team Leader Tim Pickens.

“People ask us all the time how they can get involved with the Rocket City Space Pioneers,” said Pickens. “We expect this game to generate a lot of excitement about our future mission, as well as our team in general.  It is fun for all ages. We are fortunate to have a team member that can provide this fun and educational resource for us that is designed using physics-based modeling, which is critical for captivating technical audiences in this day and time.”

AMA provides technical services in engineering, information technology, visualization and business analytics in the areas of aerospace, defense, automotive, financial services, healthcare and packaging.

Dr. Ken Smith, vice president of AMA’s Huntsville Operations, said, “We are passionate about the future of aerospace and eager to meet challenges with both sound engineering solutions and innovative visualizations. This is a unique opportunity for AMA to get involved with the Rocket City Space Pioneers. We are glad we can provide this mobile application that can connect people of all ages from all over the world to the team.”

Dr. Sanjay Gowda, chief innovation officer of AMA, added, “We have been a leading provider of mobile applications and multimedia for NASA and are excited to bring our creative energy to the Rocket City Space Pioneers. We have an entire division focused on multimedia solutions called AMA Studios (www.amastudios.com). We are dedicated to helping achieve our nation’s goals in space and at home. We strongly support Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and believe it is key to our nation’s leadership in space. The Rocket City Pioneers iPad app demonstrates how STEM can be engaging.”

About Dynetics

Dynetics Inc., with headquarters in Huntsville, Ala., and offices throughout the United States, has delivered high-quality, high-value engineering, scientific and information technology solutions to customers within the U.S. government and a range of other market segments since 1974. The company’s mission is to deliver superior quality, high-technology products and services ethically, responsively and cost effectively to meet customer needs in the areas of intelligence, missiles, aviation, cyber and space. Visit www.dynetics.com for more details.

About The Rocket City Space Pioneers

The Rocket City Space Pioneers is a team of Alabama-centric businesses and organizations formed to prove that robotic space exploration can be an affordable and sustainable commercial endeavor. Team members include Dynetics (team leader), Teledyne Brown, Draper Laboratory, Teledyne Brown, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Andrews Space, Spaceflight Services, Moog, the Von Braun Center for Science & Innovation, the University of Alabama Huntsville, the Huntsville Center for Technology and Analytical Mechanics Associates.

About Analytical Mechanics Associates

Since 1962, Analytical Mechanics Associates (AMA) has provided world-class technical services and products to multiple industries including aerospace, defense, automotive, financial services, healthcare and packaging. Headquartered in Hampton, Va., AMA has operations in Huntsville, Ala., Dallas, Tex., and Denver, Colo. AMA, a provider of mission design and analysis, system engineering, guidance, navigation and control and other technical services, was the winner of the 2010 NASA George M. Low Award in the small business service category. Visit www.ama-inc.com or email info@ama-inc.com for more information.

About the Google Lunar X PRIZE

The $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE is an unprecedented international competition that challenges and inspires engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. The $30 million prize purse is segmented into a $20 million Grand Prize, a $5 million second Prize and $5 million in bonus prizes.To win the Grand Prize, a team must successfully soft land a privately funded spacecraft on the moon, rove on the lunar surface for a minimum of 500 meters, and transmit a specific set of video, images and data back to the Earth. For more information about the Google Lunar X PRIZE, please visit www.googlelunarxprize.org.

About the X PRIZE Foundation

The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit prize institute whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. In 2004, the Foundation captured world headlines when Burt Rutan, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, built and flew the world’s first private vehicle to space to win the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE. The Foundation has since launched the $10 million Archon X PRIZE for Genomics, the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE and the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. The Foundation is creating and conducting competitions in four prize groups: Exploration (Space and Oceans), Life Sciences, Energy & Environment, and Education & Global Development. The Foundation is widely recognized as the leader in fostering innovation through competition. For more information, please visit www.xprize.org.