Opportunity Amplified

Mississippi is emerging as the Southeast’s new center for advanced technology and innovation-based companies.

Our state is investing for future growth, and we know that begins with talent. Currently, there are more than 87,000 Mississippians working in high-tech industries throughout the state. And our Mississippi research institutions were awarded more than $536 million in R&D expenditures for FY2019, up from $479 million in FY2018.

How Relativity Space is partnering with Mississippi to bring greater speed and efficiency to rocket manufacturing and testing.

With Relativity Space’s decision to locate its newest manufacturing facility at Mississippi’s John C. Stennis Space Center, the aerospace innovator will have the ability to build rocket components on-site at the nation’s premier rocket propulsion test facility.

Relativity Space is the first and only company to integrate metal 3D printing, robotics and software into the rocket manufacturing process, allowing the company to build and launch rockets in days instead of years. By bringing production and testing together, the company will have the ability to quickly test and refine its designs at the same site, greatly reducing lead time to launch.

“We look forward to working together to bring more innovation, economic development and job growth to the Gulf Coast and progressing American space leadership. The integration of our 3D printing rocket production and testing facilities on one site will enable Relativity to offer greater flexibility to commercial and government entities needing faster, more frequent and lower-cost access to space.“

– Jordan Noone, Relativity Co-Founder and CTO

Project Stats

  • Expansion of E4 Test Complex with a build-out of four additional
    upgraded test cells
  • Lease of 220,000-square-foot facility with 80-foot-high bay and
    industrial capability
  • 190 new skilled jobs created
  • Projected $59 million in capital investment

Learn more about Mississippi’s knowledge economy.

Unmanned systems

  • Mississippi State University (MSU) is home to the FAA’s UAS
    Center of Excellence (COE). The COE is conducting research
    with companies like Amazon to develop a vision for an unmanned aerial systems (UAS) superhighway.
  • MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory is the nation’s leading academic research institute dedicated exclusively to the advancement of Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
  • Our FAA approved testing areas and less densely populated
    regions offer ample restricted and warning airspace while
    mitigating safety concerns and allowing for multiple testing
    applications with no need for travel and transport.
  • Stennis Space Center is NASA’s Shared Service Center, which
    hosts several federal, state, academic and private organizations and technology-based companies.
  • Key manufacturers include Aurora Flight Sciences, Northrop
    Grumman Unmanned Systems and Stark Aerospace.

Advanced materials

  • The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Polymer Science and Engineering is a multidisciplinary STEM field focused on polymers. The undergraduate program is accredited by the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
  • The Mississippi Polymer Institute at the Accelerator Innovation and Commercialization Park at USM has played a key role in growing the state’s multibillion-dollar, high-tech polymer industry and has directly assisted in the creation of thousands of jobs.
  • The Composite Materials Research Group at the University of Mississippi is actively involved in composite materials research and has developed a nationally recognized program in pultrusion research.
  • MSU’s Advanced Composites Institute conducts research and evaluations of composite materials, with a focus on stronger, lighter and more damage-resistant structures for aviation and other commercial applications.
  • Many of the companies on the forefront of advanced materials modernization are located in Mississippi including DAK Americas, SABIC Innovative Plastics, Emergent BioSolutions and others.

High-Performance Computing

  • The High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP), managed by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi, provides supercomputing power and computational science expertise to the DoD.
  • The HPCMP offers an open research system, providing partners access to the program’s Cray supercomputer.
  • Mississippi State University’s Orion Supercomputer is one of the nation’s fastest, ranking as the 4th fastest academic system in the U.S (June, 2019).
  • The Mississippi Center for Supercomputing Research at the University of Mississippi operates three supercomputers and provides computing resources, training, and support for faculty, staff, and students at all of Mississippi’s public institutions of higher learning.
  • The Mississippi Optical Network, MissiON, provides Mississippi Research Consortium institutions with 8,800 route miles of high-speed connectivity. The network’s service provider, C Spire, recently completed a successful terabit-speed test drive.

Technology Entrepreneurship

  • Mississippi is home to FNC, Inc., the first company to create real estate collateral information technology that automates property appraisal ordering, tracking, documentation and review for lender compliance with government regulations.
  • The Jackson State University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIEED) leverages the university’s STEM, business and entrepreneurial capabilities, as well as collaborative potential for industry partnerships to address some of tech’s most pressing challenges.
  • The University of Mississippi’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and the Mississippi State University Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach (CEO) provide resources, programs and alumni support to help students develop and launch innovative businesses.