JUNE 2011

Exports, STEM highlight Mississippi ranking
Among the states, Mississippi ranks No. 5 for export growth, according to the Enterprising
States 2011 study just released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mississippi is also
ranked 10th in cost of living, 11th in per capita income growth and higher education
efficiency, and 12th in productivity growth and business birth rate. Mississippi is also ranked
20th in science, technology, engineering and math job growth as well as 20th in
entrepreneurial activity. (Source: Tcp, 06/23/11) Study: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

MAY 2011

Images show extent of river sediment
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA’s Applied Science and Technology Project Office
at the John C. Stennis Space Center has provided satellite images to the Army Corps of
Engineers and Louisiana showing large amounts of sediment throughout coastal Louisiana
as a result of flooding on the Mississippi River. The images show three large areas of
sediment, or plumes, moving through the floodwaters across Louisiana. The U.S. Geological
Survey and NASA are providing satellite imagery to help in flood response efforts. It’s part of
the Applied Science and Technology Project Office’s commitment to use data from agency
satellites to help communities address issues of concern. (Source: NASA, 05/27/11)


Satellites examined for contamination
Lockheed Martin has been conducting exoneration exercises for A2100-based satellites in
various stages of manufacturing to ensure that foreign object debris (FOD) wasn’t
introduced during manufacturing, according to Aviation Week. FOD in the oxidizer line is
thought to have caused the failure of the liquid apogee engine on the first Advanced
Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. The propulsion system for AEHF-1 was built at
Lockheed Martin’s facility at the Stennis Space Center, Miss., in 2006. (Source: Aviation
Week, 02/02/11)


Eglin testers find Gorgon Stare flaws
Gorgon Stare, an airborne surveillance system that would vastly increase the area a drone
can see, was deemed "not operationally effective" when tested in the fall by the 53rd Wing
at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. But military officials say such tests are done to find problems
beforehand, and fixes are being put in place. The problems, including low image quality and
an inability to sufficiently track people on the ground, were detailed in a six-page December
draft report obtained by the Center for Defense Information's Winslow Wheeler. The memo,
marked as a draft and pre-decisional, found more than a dozen problems. Gorgon Stare,
being developed by Sierra Nevada and the Air Force, uses nine or more cameras aboard a
Reaper unmanned system to survey a city-sized area. (Sources: Wired, 01/24/11, Los
Angeles Times, Washington Post, Air Force Times, 01/25/11)

NOAA satellites aid in rescues in 2010
NOAA satellites in 2010 aided in the rescues of 295 people throughout the United States
and its surrounding waters. The satellites picked up distress signals from emergency
beacons carried by downed pilots, shipwrecked boaters and stranded hikers, and relayed
the information to first responders on the ground. NOAA’s polar-orbiting and geostationary
satellites, along with Russia’s COSPAS spacecraft, are part of the international Search and
Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking system, called COSPAS-SARSAT. Alaska had the most
people rescued last year with 77, followed by Florida with 37, and West Virginia with 17, who
were aboard a downed Army Reserve helicopter. (Source: NOAA, 01/20/11)