Gulf Coast aerospace

Bay EDA having busy year
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The Bay County Economic Development Alliance is working on 25
projects for 2018. Six of those projects may be announced within the first quarter of the new
year, EDA President Becca Hardin said Jan. 10 at an alliance meeting. Among the six is
Project G-Force, which involves an aviation manufacturing company in the process of
deciding to locate in Bay County or one other site. Hardin expects a decision by the end of
January. The project would bring about 50 jobs, and represent a $20 million investment.
Another, called Project SoHo, is at the irport campus and would represent a $25 million
investment and an estimated 105 jobs. (Source: News Herald, 01/10/18)

Is spaceport feasible for Stennis International?
KILN, Miss. -- The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission has commissioned RS&H,
Inc. to study the feasibility of obtaining a Launch Site Operator License that could open the
door to commercial space flight out of Stennis International Airport. The Federal Aviation
Administration has developed regulations that enable airports to host operations of reusable
launch vehicles that take off and land like aircraft. Several kinds of such vehicles are
currently under development. The study will examine the feasibility of hosting spaceport
operations, as well as the infrastructure needs and potential economic benefits of such
operations. Commission CEO Bill Cork said the commercial space industry is “poised for
dynamic growth, and Hancock County is uniquely positioned to benefit from this growth.” The
airport is just outside NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, the nation’s largest rocket
engine test facility. (Source: Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission, 01/11/18)

NASA program seeking innovators opens
NASA is looking to small businesses and research institutions for innovative technologies
that could have significant potential for successful transition into NASA mission programs
and other commercial markets. This year, through NASA’s Small Business and Innovation
Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I solicitation,
proposals for research, development and technology demonstrations can be submitted until
March 9, 2018, 5 p.m. EST. Phase I awards are valued at about $125,000 for up to six
months for SBIR and 13 months for STTR to establish the scientific, technical and
commercial merit and feasibility of the proposed innovation in fulfillment of NASA needs.
(Source: NASA, 01/11/18)

Zuma reported as lost
A secret spacecraft launched by a SpaceX rocket on Sunday failed to enter a stable orbit
and was lost. The spacecraft, called Zuma, launched Sunday from Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station in Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, apparently did not separate as it
was supposed to from the upper stage of the rocket and did not reach a stable orbit,
according to a U.S. administration official and two sources briefed on the matter. The
sources would not confirm what exactly the payload was, saying it was classified. Northrop
Grumman, the aerospace and defense company that built the Zuma spacecraft, would only
say that it’s a classified program and can not comment. It was not clear if the failure was due
to problems with the SpaceX rocket or with the Zuma spacecraft. SpaceX issued a statement
Tuesday suggesting that its rocket performed as designed. (Sources: multiple, including
CNN, Ars Technica, Wired, 01/09/18) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX is using Stennis Space
Center, Miss., to develop its next-generation Raptor engine. Previous

Personnel participate in joint training
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – Personnel from the 41st Aerial Port Squadron of
Savannah, Ga., and other units from the Air Force, Army and Navy teamed up for a joint
training exercise last week at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi and the Combat Readiness
Training Center (CRTC) in Gulfport. The primary goal of GRIP III Breaking Barriers was to
give reservists and military members an opportunity to train with aircraft, personnel, and
equipment that they don’t regularly encounter in everyday training. The 1108th Theater
Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group at the CRTC provided UH-60 helicopters to ferry
personnel between Keesler and the CRTC, simulating transportation between forward
operating bases. The Navy Special Boat Team 22 from Stennis Space Center, Miss.,
provided a riverine command boat, rigid inflatable boats and trailers to allow personnel to
practice loading and off-loading. Personnel during the exercise performed joint inspections
of several vehicles, including a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, light mobile tactical vehicles,
Humvees, and mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles. (Source: 403rd Wing, 01/09/18)

SpaceX launches Zuma
SpaceX lifted the secret Zuma spacecraft for the U.S. government Sunday night in a mission
that also featured another landing by the first stage of the company's Falcon 9 rocket. The
launch was from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Florida’s east coaast. The booster's
two stages separated 2 minutes and 19 seconds into flight. The second stage continued
carrying Zuma to its destination in low-Earth orbit, and the first stage made a vertical
touchdown at Landing Zone 1, a SpaceX facility at Cape Canaveral.The first stage landed a
little less than 8 minutes after taking off. SpaceX now has 21 successful first stage returns,
part of its plan to develop reusable rockets. The launch followed more than a month of
delays. (Sources:, CNN, 01/08/18) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX is using Stennis
Space Center, Miss., to develop its next-generation Raptor engine.

Blue Angels begin winter training
The Navy Blue Angels left their home base at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Wednesday
and arrived at Naval Air Station El Centro in Southern California to begin winter training for
the 2018 show season. The maintenance and support team left first Wednesday morning,
then the six jets that make up the flight demonstration team left a couple of hours later. The
team will perform in El Centrol March 10, then return to Pensacola after that to begin the
regular show season. (Sources: Pensacola News Journal, 10NewsKGTV, 01/03/18) Naval Air
Station El Centro is between San Diego and Yuma, Ariz.

Contract: Boeing, $193.6M
The Boeing Co. Defense, Space and Security, St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a
$193,638,503, contract modification (P00001) to a previously awarded contract (FA8672-16-
D-0010) for Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) Increment 1 Lots 12-14 production. This
modification provides for the purchase of an additional quantity of 6,000 SDB 1 all-up-
rounds being produced under the basic contract. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
ceiling is increasing from $700,000,000 to $893,638,503. Work will be performed in St. Louis
and is expected to be completed by Dec. 30, 2020. This contract involves foreign military
sales to Saudi Arabia, Japan, Israel, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Singapore. This
modification is a result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 and 2016 missile
procurement; and foreign military sales funds in the amount of $99,715,078 is being
obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8672-16-D-0010). (Source: DoD, 01/02/18)