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Dynetics Marks Progress with Artemis Human Landing System Test Article Development

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
September 15, 2020
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Human lander (Credit: Dynetics)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sept. 15, 2020 (Dynetics PR) — Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, has completed building a full-scale human landing system (HLS) test article that will be used for initial evaluations for NASA’s Artemis program.

The Dynetics HLS (DHLS) test article, located in Huntsville, Ala., is built to-scale and allows for test and evaluation across the engineering lifecycle. The DHLS team will use the test article for human-in-the-loop (HITL) task identification and analysis, assessing net habitable volume, crew module accommodations, placement and orientation of various components and overall habitability.

The test article includes the crew module, autonomous logistics platform for all-moon cargo access (ALPACA), ascent and descent propellant tanks and deployable solar arrays. This low-slung design could allow for easier and safer access to the lunar surface.

“Our team is pleased to bring this system to life,” said Kim Doering, Dynetics Vice President of Space Systems. “Our reusable, sustainable approach is ready to support a safe and successful hardware delivery for NASA’s mission.”

The focus of the test article rests on crew interfaces, enabling the team to test crew activities within the module. The flexible design is readily reconfigurable, allowing the human systems integration (HSI) team and flight crew to review and provide feedback on early concept designs and execute quick-turn iterations.

The test article was constructed just three months after the start of the contract and was built and delivered in collaboration with LSINC, a DHLS subcontractor in Huntsville. A video explaining the design and development will be live here at 8 a.m CDT.

Dynetics is one of three prime contractors selected to design an integrated lander system for the NASA Artemis Human Landing System Program managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The company will compete to build a system to take the first woman and next man to the lunar surface by 2024 under NASA’s Artemis program.

The Dynetics team has successfully completed the DHLS systems requirements review and certification baseline review. These reviews are significant design and development milestones during the initial contract.

About Dynetics

Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, provides responsive, cost-effective engineering, scientific, 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 more than 2,500 employees is based in Huntsville, Ala., and has offices throughout the U.S. For more information, visit

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

Statements in this announcement, other than historical data and information, constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements, or industry results to be very different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended January 3, 2020, and other such filings that Leidos makes with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

3 responses to “Dynetics Marks Progress with Artemis Human Landing System Test Article Development”

  1. gunsandrockets says:

    while I appreciate the new peek, I’m still a bit peeved at the lack of details. Is that all there is? Because the Dynetics website and video drop are pretty sparse.

  2. Robert G. Oler says:

    this is the impressive one right here. its tight, well managed, reusable and could be built on time and on budget.

    • therealdmt says:

      I like it but have some concern that, afaik, they’ve never managed a critical hardware program like this before.

      Anyway, I like the basic idea and wish them success

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