SpaceX signs agreement with Stennis Space Center - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

SpaceX signs agreement with Stennis Space Center

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Another engine rocket testing program is coming to NASA's Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.

SpaceX is a commercial spaceflight company. They plan to upgrade the E-2 test stand at Stennis with methane capability. SpaceX hopes to start the initial testing of their Raptor methane rocket engines in early 2014.

"This agreement marks our continued commitment to our nation's space program and ongoing efforts to bring new opportunities to Stennis Space Center and the state of Mississippi," Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday. "This project would not have been possible had it not been for the efforts of the Mississippi Development Authority, who was key in facilitating this partnership between SpaceX and Stennis."

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said the company is looking forward to a long term relationship with the center and the state of Mississippi.

MDA is providing assistance, along with Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission, for improvements to the E-2 test stand at the NASA site.

"A robust test infrastructure is important to ensuring future astronauts will be as safe as possible when they climb aboard the next generation of rockets," Senator Thad Cochran said. "Stronger testing saves money in the long run, and there's no better place in the world to test rocket engines than Hancock County, Mississippi."

The John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County has served as NASA's primary rocket propulsion testing ground. Today, the center provides propulsion test services for NASA and the Department of Defense, as well as the private sector. It is home to NASA's Rocket Propulsion Test Program, which manages all of the agency's propulsion test facilities.

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Victim identified in fatal Moss Point shooting

    Victim identified in fatal Moss Point shooting

    Thursday, January 18 2018 6:47 PM EST2018-01-18 23:47:37 GMT
    The crime scene in East Moss Point encompasses nearly all of the grounds at the old Ed Mayo Junior High.  (Photo source: WLOX)The crime scene in East Moss Point encompasses nearly all of the grounds at the old Ed Mayo Junior High. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Police have identified 24-year-old Kellie R. Guy as the man whose body was found in Moss Point on Thursday. 

    More >>

    Police have identified 24-year-old Kellie R. Guy as the man whose body was found in Moss Point on Thursday. 

    More >>
  • Man arrested after leading police on chase through Biloxi

    Man arrested after leading police on chase through Biloxi

    Thursday, January 18 2018 6:46 PM EST2018-01-18 23:46:01 GMT
    A man runs from police after officers tried to make a traffic stop. (Photo source: WLOX)A man runs from police after officers tried to make a traffic stop. (Photo source: WLOX)

    A man running from police startled drivers on I-110 this afternoon in downtown Biloxi. He was driving the wrong way on the road while trying to get away from officers. 

    More >>

    A man running from police startled drivers on I-110 this afternoon in downtown Biloxi. He was driving the wrong way on the road while trying to get away from officers. 

    More >>
  • Matt McDonnell working hard to 'Rebuild Harris'

    Matt McDonnell working hard to 'Rebuild Harris'

    Thursday, January 18 2018 6:23 PM EST2018-01-18 23:23:57 GMT
    Matt McDonnell will never forget the morning he got a call about a horrible accident that left his son's body crushed and broken. (Photo source: WLOX)Matt McDonnell will never forget the morning he got a call about a horrible accident that left his son's body crushed and broken. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Matt McDonnell is facing perhaps the biggest challenge of his life right now: helping his 26-year-old son, Harris, recover from critical injuries he suffered in a car crash on I-10 in Florida two months ago.

    More >>

    Matt McDonnell is facing perhaps the biggest challenge of his life right now: helping his 26-year-old son, Harris, recover from critical injuries he suffered in a car crash on I-10 in Florida two months ago.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly