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Stennis team chosen for NASA's Early Career Initiative program

HANCOCK COUNTY — Recognizing that technology drives exploration, NASA has selected four teams of agency technologists, including one in Mississippi, for participation in the Early Career Initiative (ECI) pilot program. The program encourages creativity and innovation among early career NASA technologists by engaging them in hands-on technology development opportunities needed for future missions. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate created the ...

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NASA, ATK complete test of Launch Abort System component

HANCOCK COUNTY — NASA and ATK successfully completed a static test of the launch abort motor igniter for the Orion crew capsule’s Launch Abort System (LAS). Conducted at ATK’s facility in Promontory, Utah, this test is the next step toward qualifying the igniter for production. The LAS will be placed on top of the Orion spacecraft, the first spacecraft capable of ...

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MSU receives funding for two proposals aimed at boosting NASA missions

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is receiving funding for two proposals expected to help NASA achieve its long-term space mission as well as enhance commercial partnerships and technological innovation on Earth. The federal agency announced principal investigator Judy Schneider of the university’s Advanced Materials and Processing Research Group was awarded the grants through the NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center Cooperative Agreement ...

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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 team will perform developmental and ...

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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 to deliver supplies to the ...

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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 said. Friday morning, more than ...

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Stennis Space Center welcomes SpaceX to test site

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 bring the initial testing of ...

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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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