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Rolls-Royce opens new jet engine testing facility in US


Rolls-Royce has formally opened the new outdoor jet engine testing facility at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

This new facility will be used to test development and prototype jet engines for performance, noise, validation of safety systems and other factors. Initially, it will test the company’s latest, high-thrust Trent engines, the Trent 1000 and Trent 900, being developed for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A380 respectively. This is the first Rolls-Royce test facility of its kind outside the UK and the first built from the ground-up in the US. There are only three such testing facilities in the world.

In a ceremony at the new site, representatives from Rolls-Royce and NASA cut a ribbon to officially open the facility. Nearly 150 people, including many state, local and county officials attended the opening ceremony.

Rolls-Royce broke ground at Stennis just over a year ago and to date has spent nearly $42 million on construction and upgrades alone. Twenty employees work at this site with several more scheduled to arrive in the coming months.

James M. Guyette, President & CEO, Rolls-Royce North America, said: “This is an important site doing important work and we’re delighted to open this new facility here in Mississippi, USA. Rolls-Royce has had a wonderful relationship with the people of Mississippi for a number of years now and this new site builds on that partnership.”


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