...While the aerospace activity is spread throughout the region, three
centers have emerged as particularly noteworthy.
...In east New Orleans and west South Mississippi, two federal facilities
are deeply involved in creating the next generation of space vehicles,
    and more. NASA chose
    Michoud Assembly
    Facility as the location
    where some of the next
    generation of space
    vehicles will be fabricated.
    Just a few miles away John
    C. Stennis Space Center in
    Mississippi is where
    NASA tests propulsion
    systems. It's also the
    location where Pratt &
    Whitney Rocketdyne
assembles the RS-68 engine and Lockheed Martin produces satellite
components. Rolls-Royce also tests its large Trent series engines at
Stennis. By 2010, this area will also host the INFINITY Science Center,
two miles east of the Louisiana and Mississippi state line. It has as its
mission educating the public about the important science and technology
work done by the scientists at Stennis Space Center.
...To the east, aircraft assembly holds sway. In Moss Point Northrop
Grumman assembles portions of the Global Hawk and Fire Scout
unmanned aerial systems, while further to the east in Mobile Europe's
EADS and Northrop still hope to assemble aerial refueling tankers.
...Further east near Fort Walton Beach and Crestview, Eglin Air Force
Base is a center for aerial weapons development and testing.
...While aerospace manufacturing is still relatively small, it promises to
grow. EADS has already said that it plans to build, in addition to tankers,
cargo planes in Mobile. In addition, it’s unlikely that the aerospace
industry will follow the lead of other manufacturing segments and leave
for foreign soil. It's considered one of the nation’s key strategic assets.
Indeed, just the opposite is happening as European and Asian companies
seek to get a piece of the U.S. defense pie. The Department of Defense
will continue to support the industry to keep it in the United States.


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