Aerospace & Aviation


The area’s heritage in aerospace and aviation dates back to the 1960s with the establishment of a NASA rocket test facility, and continues to this day with Jackson County’s emerging leadership in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Jackson County, Mississippi is home to one of the only UAV plants in the world and the county’s Trent Lott International Airport is currently approved for flight testing the Navy’s Fire Scout UAV.


South Mississippi has:

  • leading-edge research
  • practical experience with composites that go into aircrafts
  • plants that use composites to make fixed-wing and rotary unmanned aircrafts
  • builds the next generation of warships that will launch robot aircraft
  • the satellite makers whose high-flying craft and remote sensors are key to command and control as well as surveillance
  • companies that build the engines that power spacecrafts
  • engine testing facilities

With a high quality of life and low cost of doing business, the Mississippi Gulf Coast has been a contender for some of the most high-profile projects in the aerospace industry.

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DHS picks Mississippi

Mississippi State University in Starkville was chosen by the Department of Homeland Security as a base of operations for drone research. Research

B&D expands, creating 35 jobs

B&D Plastics, LLC is expanding in Gautier, Miss., a $750,000 corporate investment that will create 35 jobs. B&D Plastics is one of the

Northrop expanding in Moss Point

PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Center will expand its operation at Trent Lott International Airport in Moss Point,

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