SpaceDev today reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 2001. Sales increased by over 5% and the gross margins in 2001
were significantly higher than 2000.
In addition, the Company’s working
capital deficit improved by approximately $560,000 in 2001 due to a reduction
in the anticipated loss on the CHIPSat project, reduced payables and
restructured short-term debt.

During the year ended December 31, 2001, the Company had net sales of
$4.1 million as compared to net sales of $3.9 million in 2000.
Sales in 2001
were comprised of $3.2 million from the CHIPSat small satellite project,
$328,000 from a contract for a proprietary development program, $228,000 from
research and development performed for the NRO Office of Space Launch (OSL),
$216,000 from the Boeing Mars Sample Return and Mars Ascent Vehicle projects,
and $164,000 from all other programs.

For the year 2001, the Company had a net loss of $1,856,000, compared to a
net loss of $1,405,000 in 2000. The increase in the net loss was primarily due
to an increase in operating expenses of $1,516,000.
This increase was
primarily attributable to $1,690,000 in non-cash expenses, including
impairment of the unamortized balance of goodwill from the Company’s
acquisition of Integrated Space Systems (ISS) in 1998, stock issued to EMC
Holdings Group in exchange for advisory services, notes payable, and stock
options issued for the acquisition of

“We continue to focus on building a financially sound business and
increasing our sales and marketing initiatives,” said Jim Benson, chairman and
chief executive officer of SpaceDev.
“Our 2001 increase in net sales,
together with a significant engagement with a new customer and repeat business
from existing customers, indicates that we have made some real progress with
this focus.”

For the year 2001, the Company had cost of sales (direct and allocated
costs associated with individual contracts) of $2.4 million as compared to
$3.2 million in 2000.
The gross margin percentage for the year ended December
31, 2001 was 41% as compared to 17% for the same period in 2000.
decrease in cost of sales was primarily due to the reduction of the original
estimated loss on the CHIPSat contract from $861,000 to $463,000, as the
result of a $1.2 million contract increase for add-on work.
As of December
31, 2001, approximately 77% of the total contract costs had been expended and
the remaining loss on the balance sheet at year-end totaled approximately

As of December 31, 2001, the Company’s backlog of funded and non-funded
business was approximately $3.4 million, compared to approximately
$2.9 million as of fiscal year-end 2000.
During 2001, the Company won a
commercial program valued at up to $2.2 million, negotiated increases of
$1.2 million to the CHIPSat program, and added several contracts with Boeing
for NASA-related Mars work.

SpaceDev currently has four outstanding proposals for government programs
submitted during the first three months of 2002, has worked with the US
Congress to identify additional directed funding for its programs, and has
aggressively pursued several significant commercial programs.

“Winning some of these programs will enable SpaceDev to continue to grow
and broaden its business base,” said Charlie Lloyd, chief operating and
financial officer.
“We have already been notified that one government
customer intends to award SpaceDev a new contract related to our orbital
Maneuvering and Transfer Vehicle (MTV), that could ultimately lead to almost
$2 million of new business over the next 18 months.”

For more information regarding the company, please review the company’s
filings on the SEC EDGAR system at .

About SpaceDev

SpaceDev (OTC Bulletin Board: SPDV) provides affordable and innovative
space products and solutions to government and commercial enterprises.
SpaceDev products and solutions include the design, manufacture, marketing and
operation of sophisticated micro and nano satellites, hybrid rocket-based
orbital maneuvering and orbital transfer vehicles (MTVs) as well as safe
sub-orbital and orbital hybrid rocket-based propulsion systems.
customers include:
NASA, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Boeing, NASA’s
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL),
Lockheed Martin, California Space Authority (CSA) and commercial customers.
SpaceDev is developing commercial hybrid rocket motors and small high
performance space vehicles and subsystems. For more information, visit .

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