One example of Dynetics' small satellite development is the Fast, Affordable, Scientific SATellite (FASTSAT)-HSV01.
FASTSAT was launched by the DoD Space Test Program from Kodiak, Alaska, in November 2010, and successfully completed 30 months on orbit. The spacecraft provided a low earth orbit (LEO) mission opportunity for six small DoD Space Experiments Review Board (SERB) experiments from NASA, Air Force, Army and Navy
Dynetics partnered with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the Department of Defense Space Test Program (DoD STP) at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, and the Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation (VCSI) in Huntsville on this project.
Dynetics invested in the technology to develop the FASTSAT-HSV01 spacecraft. Dynetics manufactured FASTSAT in less than 10 months using off-the-shelf technology and agile processes at half the cost of a “traditional” satellite. The Dynetics team played a major role in the rapid spacecraft development including procurement, manufacturing, assembly, integration and test and ground operations, as well as significant engineering support for avionics, communications, software and mission operations. FASTSAT-HSV01 was flight qualified and has a NASA certificate of flight readiness (COFR) issued by NASA MSFC. MSFC played a critical role in spacecraft engineering, environmental testing, safety and mission assurance.
Marshall used its engineering and scientific expertise as well as safety and mission assurance to provide FASTSAT-HSV01 project leadership, its advanced space science facilities to provide structure and system testing, and its Huntsville Operations Support Center for mission operations.
The DoD STP provided access to space for the DoD space research and development community. The DoD STP served as the primary provider of mission design, spacecraft acquisition, integration, launch, and on-orbit operations for DoD's most innovative space experiments, technologies, and demonstrations.
VCSI is a not-for-profit research and development organization whose mission is to provide innovative engineering solutions and science applications for NASA, DoD, and other government agencies. The goal of the center is to provide technical solutions to vital government clients in an efficient, cost-effective, and timely manner.