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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 commercial testing,” Stennis Director Rick ...

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Stennis Center linked to NASA selections for small business tech proposals

Two proposals being administered by the Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi are among the 108 research and technology proposals from U.S. small businesses that NASA has selected to enable NASA’s future missions while benefiting America’s technology-driven economy on Earth. The selected proposals now will enter into negotiations for contract awards as part of Phase II of the agency’s Small ...

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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 made the right decision. NASA ...

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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 orbit. The engine firing comes ...

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SpaceX to bring more innovation to Stennis

SpaceX is bringing a new engine rocket testing program to Stennis Space Center along with an incredible background thanks to its forward-thinking chief, Elon Musk. Musk, the billionaire founder of PayPal, is CEO/CTO of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla Motors. Bloomberg Businessweek called Musk “the 21st century industrialist.” Most recently he made headlines with his concept for the Hyperloop transportation ...

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

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 the $50 million corporate investment ...

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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 fuel SpaceX’s Raptor engine. SpaceX, ...

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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 ...

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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 Rolls-Royce civil aircraft engines, including ...

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