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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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Stennis-tested engines deliver goods in 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 to Stennis Business and Technology ...

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Voyager 1 leaves solar system, NASA confirms

Voyager 1 has crossed a new frontier, becoming the first spacecraft ever to leave the solar system, NASA said Thursday. Thirty-six years after it was launched from Earth on a tour of the outer planets, the plutonium-powered probe is more than 11 1/2 billion miles from the sun, cruising through what scientists call interstellar space — the vast, cold emptiness ...

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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 Air Force. Two of the ...

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