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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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NVision earns Space Foundation certification

HANCOCK COUNTY — HazNet, the All Hazards Network web-based emergency management system (EMS) provided by NVision Solutions Inc. has been designated a Certified Space Technology by the Space Foundation.

 HazNet combines the visual power of satellite-based geographic information systems (GIS) mapping and analysis with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mandated reporting and organizational requirements of the National Incident Management ...

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Rocket engine passes early tests

HANCOCK COUNTY — Aerojet, a GenCorp company, and Orbital Sciences Corporation, along with Aerojet’s Russian partner, SNTK, announced that a series of NK-33 rocket engine tests conducted in Samara, Russia, were successfully completed in support of the development of Orbital’s Taurus II space launch vehicle. The purpose of the extended-time testing of the NK-33 engine, on which the AJ26 first-stage ...

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L-3 Vertex lands NASA contract

MADISON — NASA has selected L-3 Vertex Aerospace to receive a contract for aircraft and airfield related services at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The contract has a maximum value of $20 million. This is a cost-plus, fixed-fee, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity single award contract that begins April 1, 2010. The base contract lasts one year and includes ...

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Wicker 'skeptical' about NASA's direction

WASHINGTON — President Obama intention to cancel the Constellation Program, which is NASA’s plan to continue human space flight after the Space Shuttle is retired next year, has drawn a sharp criticism from Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). Wicker said the “move could place at risk Mississippi’s continued leadership in our nation’s space program. “Since 1961, Mississippi has played a central ...

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