Andrews Space Part of Winning NASA Lunar Data Team

ANDREWS SPACE PRESS RELEASE

Seattle, WA – Jan 5, 2010 Andrews Space announced today that it is part of the winning Rocket City Space Pioneers Team selected by NASA to provide critical data moon mission data.

The Rocket City Space Pioneers (RCSP), the Huntsville-based Google Lunar X PRIZE team, is one of only three organizations selected to supply flight component test data to NASA through its Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data contract. In October, NASA’s Johnson Space Center made the contract award to six teams, including Dynetics (RCSP), out of 20 total teams competing for the Google Lunar X PRIZE. The ILDD teams will provide data to NASA to enable the development of future human and robotic lander vehicles and exploration systems. Of the six selected for the original contract, three were down-selected for this first task order, which will allow RCSP to provide NASA with critical data from the hot fire test of a candidate rocket engine system and lunar rover system.

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Three Google Lunar X PRIZE Competitors Awarded Lunar NASA Contracts

X PRIZE PRESS RELEASE

Today, NASA announced that it purchased data related to innovative lunar missions from three private firms. All three contracts, valued at $500,000 each, were awarded to teams competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE: Astrobotic Technology Inc of Pittsburgh, PA; Moon Express Inc. of Mountain View, CA; and the Rocket City Space Pioneers (through their team member Dynetics Inc.) of Hunstville, AL. The contracts mark the first of several through NASA’s $30 million Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data project, managed by the Johnson Space Center near Houston, TX.

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NASA Helps Dynetics, Rocket City Space Pioneers on the Way to the Moon

DYNETICS PRESS RELEASE

Dynetics, corporate team leader for the Rocket City Space Pioneers (RCSP), the Huntsville-based Google Lunar X PRIZE team, is one of only three organizations selected to supply flight component test data to NASA through its Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data contract. In October, NASA’s Johnson Space Center made the contract award to six teams, including Dynetics (RCSP), out of 20 total teams competing for the Google Lunar X PRIZE. The ILDD teams will provide data to NASA to enable the development of future human and robotic lander vehicles and exploration systems.

Of the six selected for the original contract, three were down-selected for this first task order, which will allow RCSP to provide NASA with critical data from the hot fire test of a candidate rocket engine system and lunar rover system.

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NASA Gives Lunar Christmas Presents to Astrobotic, Dynetics and Moon Express

NASA PROGRAM UPDATE

NASA has issued delivery orders to three companies as part of its Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) project. Each order is worth $500,000 and will help develop vehicle capabilities and demonstrate end-to-end robotic lunar landing missions.

The three companies selected are:

— Astrobotic Technology Inc., Pittsburgh
— Dynetics Inc., Huntsville, Ala.
— Moon Express Inc., San Francisco .

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At Least Someone in Huntsville is Working on Affordable, Low-Cost Space Rockets

Test firing of a Dynetics Multipurpose NanoMissile System (MNMS) first-stage demonstration booster. Photo Credit: Redstone Test Center

Huntsville company working to get Army satellites into orbit ‘on the cheap’
The Huntsville Times

Engineers at Dynetics are working with the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, leading a team to create a rocket system that can very quickly and very cheaply place “nanosatellites” into orbit.

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