Posts Tagged ‘NASA’

Stennis Center begins engine test project for SLS rocket

Special to the MBJ BAY ST. LOUIS, Mississippi — Engineers on Thursday installed an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the agency’s Stennis Space Center, the next step in preparing to test parts of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system. The Stennis […] [...]

Rocket test aborted at Stennis; no injuries

HANCOCK COUNTY — Officials with Aerojet Rocketdyne are investigating the mid-test shutdown of an AJ-26 engine at the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. Company spokeswoman Jessica Pieczonka says in a statement that no one was hurt in the premature shutdown of the testing. The AJ26 engine powers the Antares rocket that has been used […] [...]

Lockheed Martin workers go on strike at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — As many as 116 Lockheed Martin employees at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis are on strike. Machinists union spokesman Frank Larkin said members of Lodge 2249 voted down a contract offer from Lockheed Martin that would have ended worker pensions. “It’s a single issue that drove the strike vote,” Larkin […] [...]

Stennis Space Center welcomes SpaceX to test site

by Published: May 2,2014

Tags: Business, Hancock County, Mississippi, NASA, space, technology

HANCOCK COUNTY — Stennis Space Center traces its beginnings back in the 1960s and the Apollo manned lunar missions. Now the Hancock County propulsion facility is on the verge of testing rocket engine technology to propel humans to other planets through a new partnership between NASA and SpaceX. SpaceX announced in 2013 that it would […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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