Dynetics Sponsors U.S. Space & Rocket Center® Exhibit
August 13, 2012:
Interactive exhibits to include game developed by Analytical Mechanics Associates
Dynetics has sponsored two exhibits at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center® (USSRC) that house the Rocket City Space Pioneers (RCSP) game developed by team member Analytical Mechanics Associates (AMA). As part of the exhibit, Center visitors can launch a rocket from Rocket City to the Moon, land, and explore to meet their mission objectives. The new exhibits are in the form of rockets that stand more than six feet tall patterned after the rocket shown in the RCSP game.
The game is based on the mission of the Rocket City Space Pioneers, the Huntsville-centric team competing in the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE. It allows participants to choose their mission and skill level, and ultimately test their skills in the areas of launching rockets to the Moon, landing landers on the Moon and racing rovers on the Moon.
The Google Lunar X PRIZE, the largest incentivized competition offered to date, challenges space professionals and engineers from across the globe to build and launch to the Moon a privately funded spacecraft capable of completing a series of exploration and transmission tasks. There are currently 25 registered teams competing for the Google Lunar X PRIZE, which is one of four active competitions from X PRIZE Foundation, the leading nonprofit organization for creating and managing large-scale, global incentivized competitions.
“We are excited to make this cool game available to space enthusiasts of all ages who visit the U.S. Space & Rocket Center,” said RCSP Team Leader Tim Pickens.
AMA, the team member that developed the game, provides technical services in engineering, information technology, visualization and business analytics in the areas of aerospace, defense, automotive, financial services, healthcare and packaging.
“Our trainees are delighted to get the chance to pilot a lunar mission,” said Dr. Deborah Barnhart, U.S. Space & Rocket Center CEO. “Space Camp is RCSP’s biggest cheerleader.”
Enter-active Design in Somerville designed and built the exhibit for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. An iPad station, located at each rocket fin location, allows multiple players to enjoy the journey together. The game, which can also be downloaded free for iPads from the App store, is available for play in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration and in the USSRC museum.
About The Rocket City Space Pioneers
The Rocket City Space Pioneers are led by Huntsville-based company Dynetics and consist of team members Teledyne Brown Engineering, Andrews Space, Spaceflight Services, Draper Laboratory, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the Von Braun Center for Science & Innovation (VCSI), Pratt &
Whitney Rocketdyne, Moog, Analytical Mechanics Associates (AMA) and the Huntsville Center for
Technology. For more information, go to www.rocketcityspacepioneers.com.
Dynetics Inc., with headquarters in Huntsville, Ala., and offices throughout the United States, has
delivered high-quality, high-value engineering, scientific and information technology solutions to
customers within the U.S. government and a range of other market segments since 1974. The company’s mission is to deliver superior quality, high-technology products and services ethically, responsively and cost effectively to meet customer needs in the areas of intelligence, missiles, aviation, cyber and space. Visit www.dynetics.com for more details.
About Google Lunar X PRIZE
The $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a privately-funded team must successfully place a robot on the Moon’s surface that explores at least 500 meters and transmits high definition video and images back to Earth. The first team to do so will claim a $20 million Grand Prize, while the second team will earn a $5 million Prize. Teams are also eligible to win a $1 million award for stimulating diversity in the field of space exploration and as much as $4 million in bonus prizes for accomplishing additional technical tasks such as moving ten times as far, surviving the frigid lunar night, or visiting the site of a previous lunar mission. For more information, go to www.googlelunarxprize.org.
About X PRIZE Foundation
Founded in 1995, the X PRIZE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. The organization motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital for the benefit of humanity. The X PRIZE Foundation conducts competitions in five Prize Groups: Education; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, the $10 million Archon Genomics X PRIZE presented by Express Scripts, the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE, and the $2.25 million Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE. For more information, go to www.xprize.org.