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Rolls-Royce gives test engine to INFINITY for new exhibit

HANCOCK COUNTY — Rolls-Royce has donated a Trent 1000 test engine to the INFINITY Science Center, located near NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.

The company said in a release that the purpose of this donation is to excite visitors to the Center in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) careers by showing them the marvels of modern aviation engines.

In 2007, Rolls-Royce officially opened its outdoor jet engine testing facility at the Stennis Space Center. Today, the company announced expansion is nearly complete of a second test stand, resulting in a total investment of nearly $100 million when the second test stand is fully operational.

Opened last year, the INFINITY Science Center’s goal is to inspire young minds to be a part of the nationally-critical research and technology being developed along the Southern Louisiana, Mississippi and the Alabama Gulf Coast.

John Wilson, INFINITY’s executive director, said, “Imagine standing almost inside a nine-foot, state-of-the-art aircraft engine. Unless you’re an aerospace engineer or an aircraft mechanic, that’s something you just can’t do anywhere else.”

This particular engine was used in the development of the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 program. The Trent 1000 engine is designed to power all members of the Boeing 787 family and will be certified up to 76,000 pounds of thrust with the capability of delivering 78,000 pounds. The first flight test of the Boeing 787-9, powered by the Trent 1000, took place Sept. 17 in Seattle, Wash.

This particular test program engine is known as “Engine – ESN 10017.” Built in Derby, UK, after a series of preliminary tests, it was transported 4,500 miles to the Rolls-Royce Jet Outdoor Test Stand here, where it underwent analyses for flutter, crosswind and noise testing. It later returned to the UK for more tests before successfully providing the company the test data needed to be certified. It amassed over 467 hours and 988 cycles.

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