NASA’s Stennis Space Center serves as the nation’s premier rocket propulsion test facility and provides propulsion test and engineering services for NASA, the Department of Defense, and commercial customers. The NASA Stennis Engineering and Test Directorate vision is to be the nation’s premier provider of ground-testing services for rocket propulsion systems.
The World’s Most Capable Rocket Test Complex
The NASA Stennis Engineering and Test Directorate mission is to support the NASA Exploration Systems Development Directorate, Space Operations Directorate, and Space Technology Directorate through execution of the center’s major line of business in rocket propulsion testing. Integral to this mission, the NASA Stennis Engineering and Test Directorate delivers safe, responsive, and cost-effective propulsion test services to support U.S. leadership in space exploration and the enhancement of national economic competitiveness.
The NASA Stennis Engineering and Test Directorate is the office responsible for overseeing the safe operation of the site’s one of a kind national test facilities and rocket engine propulsion test projects. The NASA Stennis test complex assets are valued at over $2 billion.
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Test Facilities and Support Infrastructure
Stennis is capable of 24/7/365 propulsion activities on site.
Advancing the Art and Science of Propulsion Testing
NASA Stennis engineers invent, design, and test innovative software tools, algorithms and systems that help enable the next generation of space exploration. We also license those technologies to stimulate the U.S. economy.
Sustained investments in NASA technology advance the agency’s space exploration, science, and aeronautics capabilities. NASA technology development also supports the nation’s innovation economy by creating solutions that generate tangible benefits for life on Earth.
NASA Stennis operators at the E-3 Test Complex conduct a subscale propulsion test as part of a 2007 risk mitigation project.
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World-Class Commercial Partners
Partners are important to our success.
NASA Stennis offers technical services to commercial aerospace entities, including SpaceX, Relativity Space, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Rocket Lab, Blue Origin, DARPA, and others, in supporting propulsion projects and testing engines and components needed to achieve mission success.
An Aerojet Rocketdyne AR-22 engine is test fired on the Fred Haise Test Stand at NASA Stennis as part of a historic test series (10 tests in 10 days) conducted by a combined test team of NASA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Aerojet Rockedyne, Boeing and Syncom Space Services engineers and operators.
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NASA Stennis Overview
NASA’s Stennis Space Center is moving forward on a number of fronts, including propulsion testing, commercial partnerships, autonomous systems, community engagement, and workplace development.