Aerojet Rocketdyne Announces Expansion at NASA’s Stennis Space Center

As long as NASA needs engines tested to launch rockets into space, there’s no better place to test them than at Stennis Space Center.
News 25’s Kristen Durand shows us how Aerojet Rocketdyne is expanding to assemble and test a new advanced liquid rocket engine.
For 53 years, Aerojet Rocketdyne has tested and certified flight engines for the Apollo program and all 135 space shuttle missions. Now, they’re expanding operations at their location at Stennis Space Center to make way for assembly and testing of its AR1 advanced liquid rocket engine, a replacement engine for the RD 180. Aerojet Rocketdyne at Stennis Space Center General Manager Mike McDaniel said, “This is a huge role for Mississippi and for Aerojet Rocketdyne and for Stennis and for the employees of Stennis. What this is going to really mean is that we will have a long term future again at Stennis with NASA as our partner and we’ve been here for 53 years now. We’ll be here for another 20 to 50 years developing and flying these engines.”
With this expansion comes more jobs and the increased ability to launch national satellites and resources to space, furthering South Mississippi’s role in space exploration. “What it’s going to do also, it means that Stennis and Mississippi are supporting our national defense by putting military satellites into space. There’s a lot of pride in doing that and also with flying humans to Mars and putting the first humans on Mars sometime in a 2032 time period,” said McDaniel.
They also hope that by replacing the RD180, it will decrease and hopefully eliminate our reliance on Russian made engines by putting American made engines on American made launch vehicles and eventually launch Americans into space for the mission to Mars.
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