Mississippi rising

Departments - Gaining Altitude

The state is home to companies that produce helicopters, airborne early warning radar systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), parachutes, electromagnetic launch systems for aircraft carriers, and composite jet engine components.

April 12, 2017

300+ companies within 200 miles in space; defense; aviation; and maintenance repair, and overhaul (MRO)

Gulf Coast

Home to one of the nation’s highest concentrations of avionics/aircraft maintenance personnel

Stennis Space Center

America’s largest rocket and engine test complex

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) manufacturing

  • Aurora Flight Sciences
  • Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems
  • Stark Aerospace

Research & Development (R&D)

Mississippi State University
  • Raspet Flight Research Laboratory
    • Materials design, testing, fabrication
    • Flight test instrumentation, test assistance
    • UAV engine performance testing
    • Hardware/software integration
    • Aerospace Engineering degrees
  • Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems
    • Helping businesses improve engineering, manufacturing, design technologies
    • Simulation/experimentation of aerospace materials
University of Mississippi
  • Center for Manufacturing Excellence
    • Degree in manufacturing engineering
    • Research facilities
    • Co-op, extension programs
University of Southern Mississippi
  • Mississippi Polymer Institute
    • Composites, advanced materials, polymers, plastics
Redstone Arsenal
  • United State Army missile, missile defense, aviation programs, helicopter research
  • NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Sources: www.mississippi.org; www.tapintoindustry.com; www.workforcems.org; http://economicdevelopment.mississippipower.com/industries/aerospace-defense