Our History


When Mr. Herschel Matheny and Dr. Steve Gilbert founded Dynetics in 1974, they committed to excellence in ethics, relationships, products, and services – to build a company that exemplified quality and integrity. In 1989, Dr. Marc Bendickson and Mr. Tom Baumbach led the Dynetics purchase from its founders through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). In 2011, the company converted to a fully owned ESOP Trust. The commitment of the founders continues as the foundation for the establishment of Dynetics as an industry leader in intelligence, missiles, aviation, cyber, and space.

Throughout our 40-year history, Dynetics has been a leader in ballistic missile defense and earned a reputation as a source of expert radar system analysis and engineering support for the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) and the Missile and Space Intelligence Center (MSIC). Through these experiences, we garnered extensive expertise in intelligence data analysis for tactical weapon systems and ballistic missile defense, system analysis and engineering, radar design and performance evaluation, and signal processing.


In the early 1980s, Dynetics advanced our reputation for excellence to state-of-the-art radio frequency (RF) missile seeker systems performance evaluation, hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) and flight test support, and modeling and simulation (M&S). Dynetics' technological capabilities continued to expand to include electro-optic (EO) and infrared (IR) sensors; missile systems analysis and design; M&S; software development; foreign materiel exploitation (FME) of radars, seekers, and missiles; and development of prototype electronic, mechanical, and optical hardware. Today, we often serve as a prime contractor for the Air Force on specialized aerodynamic systems.


Dynetics experienced continued growth in the 1990s as we won several large contracts, added our Machining and Design Center, and built a new 45,000 square foot building. In the early 1990s, we won our first commercial automotive production contract from Chrysler; subsequently, we have built and supported electrical test systems for more than 60 Chrysler, Ford, and GM locations around the world. We have further expanded into prototype development for automotive Tier 1 suppliers.


In the decade of 2000, Dynetics completed a new Corporate Headquarters containing 160,000 square feet with special conference and training facilities and many more features.

Information technology (IT) and cybersecurity became a much more significant part of our business as we rolled out Dynetics AssuredComplianceTM, an integrated suite of tools for the certification and accreditation (C&A) process that saves up to 70 percent in costs. A $335 million contract award to provide IT services to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and other NASA centers came in 2009.

Dynetics entered the space business in full force as we began developing micro-satellites in partnership with NASA's MSFC and the Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation (VCSI). The first of these was FASTSAT-HSV. We purchased Orion Propulsion (OPI) in 2009, further expanding our capabilities in the space arena.

Our participation in the development and deployment of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) system and the QuickMEDS express delivery system, in addition to the development and production of the Hellfire Mod-K fragmentation sleeve, further demonstrated the company's expertise and agility.


In 2012, the new Dynetics Solutions Complex opened at 1004 Explorer Blvd., expanding the company's capabilities in research and development and production for aerospace, cyber, and defense products in Huntsville. This high-tech prototyping facility incorporates the latest resources available to produce quality products rapidly and affordably for both commercial and government customers.

Dynetics' space business has continued to grow in this decade. In 2012, Dynetics had three  of the six proposals that were selected by NASA to improve the affordability, reliability, and performance of an advanced booster for the Space Launch System (SLS). The Dynetics-led team, which included Aerojet Rocketdyne, completed for this program the largest flight weight cryogenic tank built at MSFC since the Apollo Era.

As a team on the SLS program, Dynetics and Aerojet Rocketdyne, working closely with MSFC, successfully resurrected the world's most powerful rocket engine ever flown - the F-1 that powered the Saturn V rocket - and test fired its 30,000 pounds-force gas generator in Huntsville. In 2014, the two companies announced a strategic partnership to enhance collaboration in aerospace technologies and systems.

Also, in  2014, Boeing, with which NASA contracted to develop the core stage of the SLS, selected Dynetics to provide some key elements of the stage, including two structural test simulators and the Thrust Vector Control Exhaust Gas Heat Exchanger (TVC EGHE).

Dynetics received contract awards in 2014 as part of the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA's) One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) program. One year earlier, in 2013, the U.S. Department of Defense awarded Dynetics a contract for test execution services and launch augmention (TESTLA).

In general, our product development and manufacturing capabilities have continued to expand as we've produced more customized and off-the-shelf products.

Dynetics has been selected as one of the "Best Places to Work" in Huntsville/Madison County four times and has received the North Alabama Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics twice.