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May 27, 2021

 

The John C. Stennis Space Center and NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility have both played important roles in America’s space program for decades. Michoud, located in New Orleans East, is the “rocket factory” where the Saturn V and SLS were built. Stennis, about 40 miles away in Hancock County, Miss. is the place where all of those rockets were tested before they blasted into space.

Now, both facilities are developing business parks on their grounds to better serve the public and private agencies that are already there. The hope is to make both Michoud and Stennis even bigger economic drivers. They’re modeling the parks after similar commercial operations at other NASA facilities such as Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif..

Stennis has been discussing Enterprise Park, a 1,100 acre technology corridor on the north side of the complex for nearly four years now. There were several delays in the development, caused by the COVID19 pandemic and the retirement of Stennis’ business manager. But NASA officials have approved plans for the space center to sendout an announcement for proposals to develop the business park. A new office for specialized business development is also being established at the space center, with hiring about to start.


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