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Aerojet conducts test firing of rocket engine

HANCOCK COUNTY — Aerojet, a GenCorp company, along with NASA and Orbital Sciences Corporation, has conducted a successful ground test firing of an AJ26-62 flight engine that will power Orbital’s Taurus II medium-class space launch vehicle. The test was conducted at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Aerojet’s AJ26 engine is an oxidizer-rich, staged-combustion LO2/kerosene engine that achieves very high performance in ...

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NASA decision good news for Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — NASA has decided to move forward with a new space launch system, which will advance opportunities at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for testing the new heavy-lift rockets needed for future manned space exploration. NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr., announced the selection of a design for a new space launch system yesterday. The space agency ...

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NASA awards Jacobs FOSC at Stennis Space Center

HANCOCK COUNTY — NASA’s Stennis Space Center has exercised award term period two of the facility operating services contract (FOSC) with Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tenn. The FOSC provides a broad range of services to support NASA missions and more than 30 resident agencies sharing and using Stennis facilities and services The cost-plus-incentive fee award term two is valued ...

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NASA buys ex-ammunition plant at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — A ceremony this Wednesday marks the transfer of a 1.6-million-square-foot-facility to NASA at the Stennis Space Center. By acquiring the former Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant, NASA says it will increase its total facility space at Stennis by about 33 percent. NASA says in a news release that a dozen public and private sector employers already are located ...

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New J-2X rocket engine ready for testing at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — NASA’s new J-2X rocket engine, which could power the upper stage of the nation’s future heavy-lift launch vehicle, is ready for its first round of testing. The fully assembled engine was installed June 11 in the A-2 Test Stand at the agency’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Beginning in mid-June, the engine will undergo a series of ...

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NASA administrator: Stennis is 'rejuvenated' facility

HANCOCK COUNTY — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) reports NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. has offered additional assurances that his agency intends to complete construction of test stands at the Stennis Space Center, which he described as a “rejuvenated” facility. Cochran, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, questioned Bolden during a Senate subcommittee hearing April 11 to review the ...

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Pratt & Whitney completes rocket engine component

HANCOCK COUNTY — Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne reports it has successfully completed another major subassembly for NASA’s first J-2X rocket engine. The J-2X fuel turbopump assembly follows the successful assembly of the oxidizer turbopump, which delivers high-pressure liquid oxygen to the main injector. The engine, whose first hot-fire tests are planned for early 2011 at Stennis Space Center, has the ...

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Stennis successfully test fires rocket engine

HANCOCK COUNTY — NASA conducted a test fire Dec. 17 of the liquid-fuel AJ26 engine that will power the first stage of Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Taurus II space launch vehicle. The test at the agency’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi supports NASA’s Commercial Transportation Services partnerships to enable commercial cargo flights to the International Space Station. The test on the ...

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Cochran gets answers on Stennis' future

HANCOCK COUNTY — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says he has “gained assurances” that the Stennis Space Center will have a robust future as a testing facility whether or not Congress agrees to the sweeping changes proposed for NASA by the Obama administration. Cochran questioned NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. about Stennis during a hearing to review the FY2011 budget ...

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Senators fighting Constellation suspension

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have cosponsored a measure to prohibit NASA from suspending work on the Constellation Program without justification. The Constellation Program was established in 2004 to be the human space exploration program to replace the Space Shuttle. The legislation reaffirms language in the FY2010 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that directs NASA to continue moving ...

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