Posts Tagged ‘NASA’

SpaceX, Stennis officially open new rocket test stand

HANCOCK COUNTY — Private space exploration firm SpaceX and the Stennis Space Center have cut the ribbon on an improved rocket engine test stand. SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, Calif., is supposed to conduct initial testing this year of its new Raptor engines, which will be powered by methane and liquid oxygen. “We’re no stranger to […] [...]

NASA says funding decision for test stand was faulty

HANCOCK COUNTY — Officials at NASA have admitted that they didn’t follow their own rules and agreements when the agency spent $352 million to refurbish a test stand in Mississippi when cheaper ones were available in Huntsville, Ala. and in California. AL.com reported that although NASA officials say they didn’t follow their own rules, they […] [...]

Blue Origin successfully tests BE-3 rocket engine

HANCOCK COUNTY — NASA commercial crew partner Blue Origin of Kent, Wash., has tested a new, hydrogen- and oxygen-fueled engine designed to lift the company’s crewed Space Vehicle on future missions out of Earth’s atmosphere. Blue Origin is one of the American companies developing next generation rockets and spacecraft capable of carrying humans to low-Earth […] [...]

With help of Stennis Space Center, NASA launches robotic explorer to Mars

by Published: November 18,2013

Tags: Business, Mars, Mississippi, NASA, solar system, space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — NASA’s newest robotic explorer, Maven, rocketed toward Mars on Monday on a quest to unravel the ancient mystery of the red planet’s radical climate change. The Maven spacecraft is due at Mars next fall following a journey of more than 440 million miles. Scientists want to know why Mars went from […] [...]

Communities to feel impact of Rolls-Royce expansion on Gulf Coast

by Published: October 25,2013

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, NASA, Stennis Space Center

STENNIS SPACE CENTER — Rolls-Royce and state officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on the second jet engine test stand the company has built at this Hancock County facility. The jet engines don’t make as much noise as the rocket engines NASA has tested here in the past, shaking buildings and rattling windows at times, but […] [...]

SpaceX to test rocket engine at Stennis; administrator praises workers

HANCOCK COUNTY — Private space exploration firm SpaceX will test a methane fueled rocket engine at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. State and federal officials made the announcement today. Mississippi will spend $500,000 and NASA will spend $600,000 to help upgrade a rocket test stand so it can use methane to […] [...]

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 […] [...]

New $50M Rolls-Royce engine test stand opens

HANCOCK COUNTY — Rolls-Royce has officially opened the company’s second jet engine test stand. Located at the Rolls-Royce Outdoor Jet Engine Test Facility at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, the test stand represents a $50-million corporate investment and will create 35 new jobs. The Outdoor Jet Engine Test Facility performs jet engine testing on […] [...]

Stennis-tested engines deliver goods in space

by Published: October 11,2013

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, NASA, space

Stennis-tested engines deliver goods in space Orbital Sciences Corp. and NASA celebrated this week’s successful rendezvous of the unmanned Cygnus cargo spacecraft with the International Space Center. Orbital Sciences launched Cygnus with its Antares Rocket Sept. 18 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Antares engines were tested here at Stennis Space Center. Thanks […] [...]

Former military drones converted to storm research tool

GULF OF MEXICO — NASA scientists are using former military surveillance drones to help them understand more about how tropical storms intensify, which they say could ultimately save lives by improving forecast models that predict a hurricane’s strength. The unmanned Global Hawk aircraft were designed to perform high-altitude, long-endurance reconnaissance and intelligence missions for the […] [...]

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