Posts Tagged ‘space’

Testing on rocket engine’s ‘heart’ concludes at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — NASA has taken another step toward human exploration of new destinations in the solar system. At the agency’s Stennis Space Center, engineers conducted the final test-firing of the J-2X powerpack assembly, an important component of America’s next heavy-lift rocket. The J-2X engine is the first human-rated liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen engine […] [...]

California firm awarded Stennis contract modification

HANCOCK COUNTY — Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. of Pasadena, Calif., has received a modification for its facility operations service contract at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, adding facility operating services for the former Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant (MSAAP) following a 14-month transition. The contract modification is valued at $15 million including award terms. […] [...]

Lockheed Martin delivers first module for GPS III spacecraft

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System III satellites has delivered the first spacecraft’s propulsion core module to the company’s Denver, Col.-area GPS Processing Facility (GPF). According to the company, the milestone represents the program’s first major hardware delivery for GPS III Space Vehicle 1 […] [...]

Shuttle’s final journey delayed by bad weather

HANCOCK COUNTY — The beginning of space shuttle Endeavour’s final flight to California has been postponed because of weather along the flight route. NASA had planned for the 747 carrying the shuttle to take off from Kennedy Space Center today. The flight is now scheduled to take off at sunrise tomorrow. Low flyovers are still […] [...]

Cochran supporting NASA decision on Stennis’ B-2 test stand

HANCOCK COUNTY — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss) is supporting a NASA recommendation to rehabilitate and reuse the B-2 test stand at Stennis Space Center to meet rocket test infrastructure needs of the agency. Cochran said he was informed recently that NASA has allocated $12 million in funding to initiate the rehabilitation and reuse of the […] [...]

ATK rolls out new, expanded Liberty spacecraft

IUKA — ATK, developer of the Liberty commercial spacecraft, has unveiled a new expanded crew and cargo capability. The extended cargo configuration will allow the Liberty spacecraft to take full advantage of the launch vehicle lift capacity to transport a pressurized pod (the Liberty Logistics Module, or LLM) along with the composite crew module. Based […] [...]

Rolls-Royce breaks ground on new test stand at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — Rolls-Royce North America has broken ground on $50 million second jet engine test stand at the John C. Stennis Space Center. The ceremony was today at the Stennis Center. Rolls-Royce officials say the project will create 35 new jobs. Currently, Rolls-Royce employs 45 workers at the Stennis Space Center. Rolls-Royce’s first jet […] [...]

Lockheed Martin receives core structure for GEO-4 satellite

HANCOCK COUNTY — Lockheed Martin has received the core structure for the U.S. Air Force’s fourth Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous satellite (GEO-4). The structure was delivered to Lockheed Martin’s Mississippi Space & Technology Center, where engineers and technicians will integrate the spacecraft’s propulsion subsystem. Featuring a mix of GEO satellites, hosted payloads in highly […] [...]

ATK first module to NASA made completely from composites

IUKA — Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has delivered a technological first to NASA — a full-scale, crew module structure made of composite materials. The Composite Crew Module (CCM) is a unique capsule design that has the potential to reduce the overall weight of future manned launch vehicles. Full-scale structural testing will be performed at NASA’s Langley […] [...]

NASA conducting more testing of J-2X engine at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — The J-2X engine is currently on the A-2 Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for an extensive round of tests to build on last year’s successful test firings. The engine will provide upper-stage power for NASA’s evolved Space Launch System (SLS), a new heavy-lift rocket capable of missions to […] [...]

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