300+ companies within 200 miles in space; defense; aviation; and maintenance repair, and overhaul (MRO)

Gulf Coast

Home to one of the nation’s highest concentrations of avionics/aircraft maintenance personnel

Stennis Space Center

America’s largest rocket and engine test complex

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) manufacturing

  • Aurora Flight Sciences
  • Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems
  • Stark Aerospace

Research & Development (R&D)

Mississippi State University
  • Raspet Flight Research Laboratory
    • Materials design, testing, fabrication
    • Flight test instrumentation, test assistance
    • UAV engine performance testing
    • Hardware/software integration
    • Aerospace Engineering degrees
  • Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems
    • Helping businesses improve engineering, manufacturing, design technologies
    • Simulation/experimentation of aerospace materials
University of Mississippi
  • Center for Manufacturing Excellence
    • Degree in manufacturing engineering
    • Research facilities
    • Co-op, extension programs
University of Southern Mississippi
  • Mississippi Polymer Institute
    • Composites, advanced materials, polymers, plastics
Redstone Arsenal
  • United State Army missile, missile defense, aviation programs, helicopter research
  • NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Sources: www.mississippi.org; www.tapintoindustry.com; www.workforcems.org; http://economicdevelopment.mississippipower.com/industries/aerospace-defense