Rocket City Space Pioneers Launch Moon Race Video Game

RCSP PR — Las Cruces, NM  – Anyone who has an iPad can participate in a mission to the moon via a free interactive game produced by Analytical Mechanics Associates (AMA) for the Rocket City Space Pioneers (RCSP). RCSP announced here today at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight that AMA has joined their team. The company has developed an interactive game called “RCSP Moon Race” that will allow gamers to launch a spacecraft from Rocket City and put a lander and rover on the moon. The gamer will encounter many mission challenges along the way. A demonstration of the game is available at the Dynetics/Rocket City Space Pioneers conference booth this week.

The objective of “RCSP Moon Race” is the same as the objective of RCSP’s Google Lunar X PRIZE mission: to safely land RCSP’s lander on the moon, drop off the rover and have it maneuver 500 meters over the lunar surface.

“We are very excited about AMA’s joining our team and about this new game,” said Tim Pickens, RCSP team leader. “This will allow the excitement about our team and our project to spread as people virtually and interactively experience our mission. We want to inspire young people to study math and science and to get excited about space travel and exploration. But we are also all about having fun. This is something people of all ages can have fun with.”

AMA provides technical services in engineering, information technology, visualization and business analytics in the areas of aerospace, defense, automotive, financial services, healthcare and packaging.

Dr. Ken Smith, vice president of AMA’s Huntsville Operations, said, “We are thrilled about the opportunity to be a part of this world-class team. We have been providing products and services to the aerospace community since we were founded in 1962. We are experts in space mission design and analysis; systems engineering; guidance, navigation and control (GN&C); flight mechanics; aerosciences; and more. We also develop cross-platform solutions on the iPad, Android and Blackberry for multiple medical, commercial and government agencies. We are passionate about the future of aerospace and are eager to meet challenges with both sound engineering solutions and innovative visualizations.”

The game is expected to be available for download from The App Store by mid-November.

About Dynetics

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 The Rocket City Space Pioneers

The Rocket City Space Pioneers is a team of Alabama-centric businesses and organizations formed to prove that robotic space exploration can be an affordable and sustainable commercial endeavor. Team members include Dynetics (team leader), Teledyne Brown, Draper Laboratory, Teledyne Brown, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Andrews Space, Spaceflight Services, Moog, the Von Braun Center for Science & Innovation, the University of Alabama Huntsville, the Huntsville Center for Technology.

About Analytical Mechanics Associates

Since 1962, Analytical Mechanics Associates (AMA) has provided world-class technical services and products to multiple industries including aerospace, defense, automotive, financial services, healthcare and packaging. Headquartered in Hampton, Va., AMA has operations in Huntsville, Ala., Dallas, Tex., and Edwards, Calif. Along with receiving various perennial awards from NASA, AMA was the winner of the 2010 NASA George M. Low Award in the small business service category.

About the Google Lunar X PRIZE

The $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE is an unprecedented international competition that challenges and inspires engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. The $30 million prize purse is segmented into a $20 million Grand Prize, a $5 million second Prize and $5 million in bonus prizes. To win the Grand Prize, a team must successfully soft land a privately funded spacecraft on the moon, rove on the lunar surface for a minimum of 500 meters, and transmit a specific set of video, images and data back to the Earth. For more information about the Google Lunar X PRIZE, please visit www.googlelunarxprize.org.

About the X PRIZE Foundation

The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit prize institute whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. In 2004, the Foundation captured world headlines when Burt Rutan, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, built and flew the world’s first private vehicle to space to win the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE. The Foundation has since launched the $10 million Archon X PRIZE for Genomics, the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE and the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. The Foundation is creating and conducting competitions in four prize groups: Exploration (Space and Oceans), Life Sciences, Energy & Environment, and Education & Global Development. The Foundation is widely recognized as the leader in fostering innovation through competition. For more information, please visit www.xprize.org.