Rocket City Space Pioneers

Rocket City Space Pioneers is a team of Alabama businesses and organizations formed to prove that robotic space exploration can be an affordable and sustainable commercial endeavor.

Our minimal risk approach utilizes our team members’ experience in flight proven heritage hardware and our integrated Falcon 9 rideshare system. In an effort to share the burden of robotic space exploration architecture development, we strive to maintain a diversified portfolio of team members.

We began with the development of a proof-of-concept system architecture utilizing commercial, private, and government funding to validate our technical and business approach, ultimately becoming self-sustaining as a viable space exploration enterprise. These investments come in the form of prizes, contracts, team members, and sponsorships, and through private investments.

Once we succeed in accomplishing this initial “proof of concept” phase, defined by winning the Google Lunar X PRIZE competition, we will move into an operational business phase that routinely demonstrates the merits of our approach though business sustainability and mission affordability.

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Announcements & Updates

The Rocket City Space Pioneers’ Lander to be Named “Spirit of Alabama
March 08, 2012

Rocket City Space Pioneers Offer Free Mission to Moon Game
October 20, 2011

The Rocket City Space Pioneers Successfully Complete Critical NASA Contract Milestone
September 02, 2011

Buzz About Us

GXLP News: Elementary School Students Name Rocket City Space Pioneers’ Lunar Lander
From Portal to the Universe on March 20, 2012

Space Camp Bound
From on March 14, 2012

GXLP News: Elementary School Students Name Rocket City Space Pioneers’ Lunar Lander
From Parabolic Arc on March 08, 2012


What is our moon? What is it made of? Is there lunar life? Do water and air exist there?


For young space pioneers who are interested in firing rocket engines and building robots!


Associate your brand with the cutting edge technology and innovation required of a lunar mission.


Science Fiction

Science Fiction is a bridge between fantasy and reality. When Jules Verne wrote 'From the Earth to the Moon' in 1865 who could have known how close Verne's science fiction fantasy came to today's reality. Since then, mankind has fired a rocket into space, we've been to the moon, we've taken pictures, walked on, and brought home souveniers.

Space Images Space Videos

RCSP Space Images and Space Videos. Rocket City Space Pioneers do more than just build rovers and landers. We are also busy creating space art, videos, and cool desktop space wallpapers. Check out the RCSP YouTube videos and browse our image gallery.

NASA Space Shuttle Program

The beginning of the NASA Space Shuttle Program is often debated. Some believe that it began on January 5, 1972 when President Nixon announced plans for NASA to build a space transport system. Some believe it began with the ending of the Apollo missions in December of 1972. Still others believe that it began in the 1960s

Space Science Education

Space Science Education, The Rocket City Space Pioneers have put together a pilot program with the Huntsville Center for Technology that involves students, engineers, and scientists working closely together. The Engineering Meets Education program, sponsored by Siemens, takes Space Science Education and makes it hands-on where students get to design and build spaceflight components for the real world, or for the Moon, in this case. As the program grows, we hope to expand it outside of Huntsville.

Space News

Read the latest from the Rocket City Space Pioneers (RCSP) in our news releases. The Rocket City Space Pioneers. RCSP is competing for the Google Lunar X PRIZE. This is a $30 million international competition to safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon, travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send images and data back to Earth.


A pioneering group of Space Companies from Rocket City, USA (Huntsvile, Alabama), are reaching for the Moon! This Google Lunar X PRIZE team, the Rocket City Space Pioneers, consists of Dynetics, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Andrews Space, Spaceflight Services, Draper Laboratory, The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), the Von Braun Center for Science & Innovation(VCSI), and the Huntsville Center for Technology (HCT).

Rocket City Space Pioneers Mission

The mission of the Rocket City Space Pioneers, the team made up of Huntsville team members Dynetics (team leader), Teledyne Brown Engineering, Andrews Space, Spaceflight Services, Draper Laboratory, Moog, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the Von Braun Center for Science & Innovation (VCSI), and the Huntsville Center for Technology (HCT), is to win the Google Lunar X PRIZE by being the first to safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon, travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send images and data back to the Earth.

Sponsor Moon Mission

Sponsor Moon Mission - Boost Brand Awareness! Associate your brand with cutting edge exploration, innovation and achievement. RCSP is Seeking Moon Mission Sponsors to join us in winning the Google Lunar X PRIZE. Space enthusiasts, tech-savvy professionals and forward-looking students alike will become official Moon Mission Members. The Google Lunar X PRIZE draws a world wide audience of successful, optimistic individuals and groups excited about the adventure of a lunar mission and the endless possibilities of our collective future in space exploration.

Contact Rocket City Space Pioneers

Contact Rocket City Space Pioneers, We are excited to hear from team mmebrs, fans, and friends. Contact us by using our online contact form. Travel to the Moon vicariously! Join our committed group of commercial companies and pioneering individuals with a dream of doing something great together.

Rocket Power

Rocket power provides the boom, the smoke, the takeoff, and the fire that launch endless possibilities and unlock high-powered achievements. From Chinese fireworks to the V1, V2, and the massive Saturn V, rocketry is revolutionizing the world as we know it. Join the fun, learn about model rocket plans, water bottles rockets, mentos rockets, and more...

Space Exploration

Space Exploration. We explore space from your own backyards, through telescopes, with robots and with manned spaceflight. From Galileo's early telescopes to Rocket City Space Pioneers preparing a lander and rover to win the Google Lunar X PRIZE, the spirit of pioneering space is alive and well.

The Moon

What is the Moon? What is the lunar surface made of? Is there life? Evidence of humans’ fascination with all things Moon was revealed in 1959, when a major step in lunar exploration took place – the first Moon trip.

Be the First

Be the First! Grab this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pick your team and become a member of the Rocket City Space Pioneers. In honor of those who decided to 'Be the First' as well as other 'Firsts' of all kinds, we have created a list of interesting 'Firsts'. Test yourself and your friends on these historic events and inventions

Media Resources

The Rocket City Space Pioneers Media page provides easy access to information update, media packages, official logo, biography of team members, informational brochures, news updates, website links, and sponsorship information.

Terms of Access

By using or visiting Dynetics’ website ('the website') or any Dynetics’ products, software, data feeds, and services provided to you through the website ('Service') you signify your agreement to these terms and conditions (the 'Terms of Service')

Buzz About Us

Buzz About Us. The world is taking notice of the Rocket City Space Pioneers. Here's who's talking about us.

Meet the Space Pioneers

Meet the Space Pionneers - Rocket City Space Pioneers X PRIZE Team: Tim Pickens, Team Leader and Chief Propulsion Engineer for Dynetics - Mike Graves, Spacecraft Integration - Jason Andrews, Mission Design/Avionics/Launch - Pete Paceley, Guidance, Navigation and Control (GN&C) Integration - Mike Soutullo, Structures and Thermal - Mark Fisher, Propulsion - Barry King, Missions Operations - John Gregory, Student Research

Catch a Ride

Moon Express, Inc., a provider of commercial and scientific missions to the Moon, announced today it has reached a Teaming Agreement with Dynetics for the acquisition of the Rocket City Space Pioneers (RCSP) Google Lunar X PRIZE Team.


Rocket City Space Pioneers Blog. This is the RSS feed of the RCSP Blog at the Google Lunar X PRIZE website.


Rocket City Space Pioneers Image Gallery. Browse photos of RCSP Team Members and Students at work on cool space hardware.

Space Rover

The RCSP Space Rover is a little robotic moon buggy which will range the lunar landscape. This diminutive lunar land rover's performance is critical to winning the Google Lunar X PRIZE. Four teams are working to ensure the space rover will fulfill its mission on the Moon by tackling a wide range of rover mission challenges. Each development team has a unique area of focus. Whether the challenge is how to steer the 4-wheel-drive rover, how to send back rover pictures, how to communicate with the lunar rover from Earth or how to keep the rover from overheating, each team is attacking the challenge with enthusiasm and hard work.

Lunar Lander

Lunar Lander

Landing on the Moon

Location, Location, Location! Landing on the Moon with a robotic rover is an exciting technical challenge. When choosing a lunar landing site we need to consider the terrain, lighting conditions, temperature ranges, and the commercial value to the mission. The Rocket City Space Pioneers have reviewed several moon landing sites and adjusted our plans as requirements changed or new opportunities presented themselves. Since this will be our first landing on the Moon we want to be sure to pick a great location.



RCSP Mentors the X-Treme Team

X-Treme Team is a five members team of 5th graders. They are also a FIRST LEGO League team. Harrison, Parker, Mikie, and Matthew are two-year veterans Chase was a rookie this year. We see the Moonbots Challenge as a way for us to continue learning about robotics and a really cool way to learn about lunar exploration.

Who Invented

Have you ever wondered who invented the things we use in space? It's surprising how many inventions have made their way outside of Earth's atmosphere and even outside our solar system. Space exploration is often the reason we invent new things.

Planets with Moons

Planets with moons - Six of our Solar System's eight planets have moons. Scientists have found at least 146 moons orbiting those planets. Another 23 satellites with moons believed to be circling Jupiter and Saturn are provisional moons awaiting confirmation.

Rocket City Space Pioneers Game

Rocket City Space Pioneers iPad Game - Gamers of all ages, join the Rocket City Space Pioneers (RCSP) on their mission to the moon! Launch your spacecraft from Rocket City, guide your lander to a safe touch down, and drive your rover in a race on the moon. Conquer the many mission challenges along the way. Help RCSP win the Google Lunar X PRIZE!


The Rocket City Space Pioneers have partnered with the Alabama Tourism Department and the Alabama Department of Education to hold a Name the Lander Contest for fourth graders in Alabama Public Schools.

First in Space

The competition to be the first in space began in 1945 and would last 30 years. The Space Race pitted the United States and Soviet Union against each other in a contest that extended from the Earth to the surface of the moon and beyond. Who was the first African American in space, how about the first animal in space or the first to walk on the moon?