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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Ingalls wins NSC contract

PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $497 million fixed-price, incentive-fee contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to build

Navy orders more MQ-8Cs

Northrop Grumman is set to build 10 additional MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters for the U. S. Navy, giving maritime commanders persistent, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). It brings to

Senators praise Northrop over contract

MOSS POINT, Miss. – Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker praised Northrop Grumman and the city for two separate contracts to build additional

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