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Cochran supporting NASA decision on Stennis' B-2 test stand

HANCOCK COUNTY — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss) is supporting a NASA recommendation to rehabilitate and reuse the B-2 test stand at Stennis Space Center to meet rocket test infrastructure needs of the agency. Cochran said he was informed recently that NASA has allocated $12 million in funding to initiate the rehabilitation and reuse of the B-2 test stand as part ...

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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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Lockheed Martin receives core structure for GEO-4 satellite

HANCOCK COUNTY — Lockheed Martin has received the core structure for the U.S. Air Force’s fourth Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous satellite (GEO-4). The structure was delivered to Lockheed Martin’s Mississippi Space & Technology Center, where engineers and technicians will integrate the spacecraft’s propulsion subsystem. Featuring a mix of GEO satellites, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth orbit, and associated ...

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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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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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Rolls-Royce expanding at Stennis Space Center

HANCOCK COUNTY — Rolls-Royce North America is adding a second jet engine test stand at the NASA John C. Stennis Space Center, according to a release from the governor’s office. The project represents a company investment of at least $50 million and will create 35 new jobs. Currently, Rolls-Royce employs 45 workers at its existing test stand at the Stennis ...

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