ON July 1, 2019, Gov. Phil Bryant announced today a new economic development Space Initiative and the formation of the Mississippi National Guard Space Directorate. The event was held at the INFINITY Science Center in Hancock County.
“I am extremely excited about the two initiatives announced today,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “Mississippi has been a leader in the field of space for many years and I believe that we have the capabilities to attract other space companies to invest in the state and the ability through our National Guard to use space technology to aid in defense and disaster response.”
The purpose of establishing this Space Initiative is to create a specific entity to target space companies and attract them to the state. Patrick Scheuermann, former head of Stennis Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center, will be leading the initiative.