Northern Alabama companies mark the completion of NASA’s Space Launch System’s Core Stage pathfinder vehicle

Tuesday August 29, 2017

Three northern Alabama companies, Dynetics, Inc., Radiance Technologies, and G&G Steel, are pleased to invite all media to mark the completion of NASA's Space Launch System Core Stage Pathfinder Vehicle on Thursday, August 31, 2017. The pathfinder vehicle will be used to demonstrate core stage operations and transportation, including routes for testing, assembly and to the launch site. The steel mockup is 212 feet and 228,000 pounds with a diameter of 27.6 feet. NASA will accept the hardware after it is delivered by barge to the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

What: The completion of NASA's Space Launch System Core Stage Pathfinder Vehicle

When: Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Where: 6275 Horse Creek Boulevard Cordova, Alabama

Additional Notes:

Everyone MUST wear closed-toe shoes to enter the facility. U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt and Cordova Mayor Drew Gilbert will say remarks.

Interview Opportunities:

Media outlets will be able to tour the vehicle and interview the following leaders:

  1. Julie Bassler, NASA Space Launch System Stages Office Deputy Program Manager
  2. Dave King, Dynetics Chief Executive Officer
  3. Steve Cook, Dynetics Vice President of Corporate Development
  4. Robert Wright, Dynetics Space Systems Deputy Division Manager
  5. Dan Mann, Dynetics Core Stage Pathfinder Team Lead
  6. Tim Tinsley, Radiance Technologies Vice President of Integration and Prototyping

Please contact Kristina Hendrix,, with your questions.

Dynetics provides responsive, cost-effective engineering, scientific and IT solutions to the national security, cybersecurity, space and critical infrastructure sectors. Our portfolio features highly specialized technical services and a range of software and hardware products, including components, subsystems and complex end-to-end systems. The company of 1,400 employee/owners is based in Huntsville, Ala., and has offices throughout the U.S.

Radiance Technologies is an employee-owned small business headquartered in Huntsville, Ala. Radiance has 12 corporate facilities and 15 project offices across 14 states and two foreign countries serving the Department of Defense, NASA, and national intelligence agencies. From concepts to capabilities, Radiance leads the way in developing customer-focused solutions in the areas of cyber solutions, systems engineering, prototyping and integration as well as operational and strategic intelligence including scientific and technical intelligence. More information can be found at

G&G Steel, Inc. is located in Russellville and Cordova, Ala., at the Warrior River Steel (WRS), an extension location. G&G and WRS are AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction) certified fabricators with large capacity machining capabilities and shipping capabilities. G&G Steel fabricates moveable bridges, hydraulic structures for the Army Corps of Engineers along with various other components in support of the steel and mining industries. G&G and WRS also fabricated several large components for NASA in support of the SLS testing that is underway at Marshall Space Flight Center. G&G Steel is a family owned business founded in 1975.

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