HCPHC Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Skydweller Aero’s New Temporary Hangar

February 23, 2024

KILN, MISS: Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission in collaboration with Skydweller Aero hosted a ribbon cutting for their new temporary hangar on Thursday, February 22nd at Stennis International Airport. The new hangar houses Skydweller Aero’s solar powered unmanned aerial vehicle. With a wingspan of 236 feet and weight of about 5,000 pounds, the plane has a wingspan greater than a Boeing 747 and weighs less than a Ford F-150 pickup. Local and state officials along with workforce partners joined HCPHC and Skydweller Aero as they marked the beginning of an exciting new chapter in aerospace innovation and economic development at Stennis International Airport. 

Skydweller Aero is actively collaborating with state academic institutions, including Mississippi State University, Mississippi Polymer Institute, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Mississippi, and Pearl River Community College.  

Skydweller Aero acknowledges the support received from state government programs, such as the MFLEX program and Accelerate MS. The aerospace company also expresses gratitude for the unwavering support from local businesses such as Bell Electric, United Rental, and Glenn Cranes. 

Skydweller Aero is establishing its test flight operations at Stennis International Airport. This includes flight testing command and control center, and aircraft modification facility. The company’s new operations will bring up to 36 new high-tech jobs. As Skydweller Aero passes this new development milestone, Hancock County continues to be the cornerstone of Mississippi’s aerospace industry. 



“Hancock County celebrated a significant milestone for Stennis International Airport formally welcoming Skydweller Aero to Mississippi.  The new investment, employment and opportunity to base operations for unmanned systems in Hancock County further solidifies our position as the cornerstone for Mississippi’s aerospace industry.  We look forward to working with our key partners and leadership on a long term hangar for them to call home.” -Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission CEO Blaine LaFontaine 


“We are excited to be standing up operations at Stennis International Airport. Being on the gulf coast is a great location for us to launch operations into several different regions in support of our customers. “-Skydweller Aero CEO Robert Miller  


“The welcome Mississippi has shown Skydweller has been incredible. We are hopeful that this is the beginning of long-term relationship that supports US national defense and the defense of our allies. “-Skydweller US Stennis Operations Director David Tyler 




The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission was established in 1963 to lead the county’s economic development activities. Stennis International Airport and Port Bienville Industrial Park are home to 30 companies with more than 1,000 employees. For more information visit www.portairspace.com


Skydweller Aero Inc. is a transatlantic cutting-edge aerospace company developing solar powered aircraft solutions capable of achieving perpetual flight with heavy, and powerful payload capacity. Utilizing technology based upon the longest continuous renewably powered flight program in history, this fast-growing startup is developing a new class of unmanned aircraft, providing the persistence of geosynchronous satellites with the powerful sensing capabilities and the flexibility of a large, airborne platform. Skydweller Aero Inc. has World and US headquarters in Oklahoma City and European offices headquartered in Spain.