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Dynetics kicks off project to build Alabama rocket test facility

DECATUR, Alabama – Huntsville-based Dynetics Inc. today officially launched a project to build a three-building complex in Alabama to support the development and testing of large rocket components.

Leaders of Dynetics joined state and local officials at a groundbreaking ceremony this morning at 60 Booster Boulevard in Decatur, near the sprawling United Launch Alliance (ULA) factory where Atlas V and Delta IV rockets are assembled.

Earlier this year, Dynetics won a NASA contract valued at $221 million to manage the development and assembly of a critical component for the Space Launch System (SLS), the rocket that could one day take man to Mars. Dynetics is also involved in other aspects of the SLS project.

The company’s Decatur complex will have three buildings under development — Test Stand 1, Test Control Center and the Hardware Integration Facility. Dynetics will use the facility to build the SLS Universal Stage Adapter and perform structural testing for the Department of Defense, NASA and commercial customers.

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