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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 on NASA’s 15-foot diameter Multi-Purpose ...

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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 engine testing facility at Stennis ...

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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 Research Center to determine the ...

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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 deep space. “We’re making steady ...

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Cochran: Committee-approved funding should advance NASA's missions

WASHINGTON — Funding outlined for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) by the Senate Appropriations Committee for the upcoming fiscal year should enable the space agency to advance its post-Space Shuttle missions, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says. Cochran is vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee that has approved the FY2013 Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations Bill, ...

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NASA administrator: Stennis to play 'key role' in future space programs

HANCOCK COUNTY — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has expressed his readiness to work with his Senate colleagues and NASA officials to advance the new Space Launch System and the heavy-lift rocket engine tests the program will require. At a hearing this week to review the FY2013 budget request for NASA, Cochran encouraged NASA administrator Charles Bolden to provide Congress with ...

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Stennis to run new series of tests of J-2X rocket engine

HANCOCK COUNTY — A new series of tests on the engine that will help carry humans to deep space will begin next week at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. The tests on the J-2X engine bring NASA one step closer to the first human-rated liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen rocket engine to be developed in 40 years. Tests will focus on ...

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Former space shuttle engines moving to Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — The relocation of the RS-25D space shuttle main engine inventory from Kennedy Space Center’s Engine Shop in Cape Canaveral, Fla., is underway. The RS-25D flight engines, repurposed for NASA’s Space Launch System, are being moved to NASA’s Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi. The Space Launch System (SLS) is a new heavy-lift launch vehicle that will expand ...

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NASA conducts successful rocket test at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — NASA conducted a successful 500-second test firing of the J-2X rocket engine Wednesday, marking another important step in development of an upper stage for the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS). SLS is designed to carry the Orion spacecraft, its crew, cargo, equipment and science experiments to destinations in deep space. Data from the test will be analyzed ...

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Former rocket engine fuel tank used to rebuild reefs

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ (MDMR’s) Artificial Reef Bureau and NASA’s Stennis Space Center recently teamed up to continue efforts to enhance deep-water fishing in the northern Gulf of Mexico. GULF OF MEXICO — Since Hurricane Katrina — when nearly 100 percent of Mississippi’s artificial reefs were destroyed — the MDMR has conducted 113 artificial reef deployments and, most ...

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