Small Satellite Development

Dynetics has more than 25 years of experience developing and manufacturing missile and space flight hardware. Dynetics has end-to-end small satellite experience withFASTSAT-HSV101, developed as a collaborative project with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and the Von Braun Center for Science & Innovation (VCSI). FASTSAT-HSV01 was designed, manufactured, and qualified using off-the-shelf technology and agile processes in less than15 months at half the cost of a “traditional” satellite. The satellite carried six payloads for the Department of Defense Space Test Program and completed two-and-a-half years of successful on-orbit operations in May 2013.

Dynetics is a total spacecraft solutions provider. In addition to satellite development, we provide support including pre- and post-launch support, testing, payload integration, and mission operations.

Dynetics TerraSense small satellite platform supports demanding imaging, remote sensing, and communications payloads requiring high bandwidth and agility in low earth orbit. With a production schedule of under 24 months, TerraSense with greater payload capacity at lower cost and on shorter timelines than typical designs, meets the needs for responsive and affordable satellites and constellations in commercial, civil, and defense markets.

TerraSense is the first satellite platform in this class to offer communications downlink capability over 1.2 Gbps. Combined with on-board data storage expandable to one terabyte, this platform is able to support big data missions such as multispectral imaging and radar. High-performance propulsion on TerraSense supports maneuvers for orbit insertion correction, phasing, and station-keeping required for constellations of small satellites to deliver quality data products throughout the mission. With flight-proven, radiation hardened components, and selective redundancy; our satellite platform offers reliable on-orbit operations for five to seven years.

Customers can get to orbit faster at a much lower cost by sharing the launch on our small satellites that are compatible with commercial and military secondary payload guidelines. Dynetics offers two models of TerraSense to maximize payload capacity and launch opportunities. TerraSense 180 is compatible with the standard ESPA ring launch interface, and TerraSense 300 is compatible with the new ESPA-Grande which offers more mass and volume for payloads.

Our experienced team will help assure your mission success using extensive experience in small satellite development, manufacturing, qualification, launch, and operations. Our state-of-the-art satellite production facilities enable us to set up an “assembly line” configuration, and we can have a small constellation of satellites launch-ready in 24 to 30 months.

Dynetics'' experience is founded on the company''s mid-tier caliber resources, including:

  • 360,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities
  • Commitment to quality, using AS9100C, ISO9001:2008, SEI CMMI® Level 3 quality standards
  • Comprehensive mechanical engineering, design, and manufacturing solutions from concept development and rapid prototyping through low volume manufacturing
  • Specialty in low-rate production of highly complex electronic devices
  • State-of-the-art environmental testing equipment