Wallops Flight Facility http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Wallops Facility Restores Shoreline After Hurricane Sandy http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wallops-facility-restores-shoreline-after-hurricane-sandy <p>The Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is restoring the shoreline lost to Hurricane Sandy which gouged out 1.2 million cubic yards of sand.&nbsp;</p><p>Paul Bull, the deputy chief for facilities at Wallops Island, told WBOC that the beach keeps water away from the NASA launch site and protects $1.2 billion of state and federal assets.</p><p>The restoration is being aided by federal Sandy relief money to help NASA and its partners with the $11.4 million project.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:36:17 +0000 Don Rush 58243 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wallops Facility Restores Shoreline After Hurricane Sandy Resupply Mission From Wallops on its Way to International Space Station http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/resupply-mission-wallops-its-way-international-space-station <p>CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A fresh delivery is on its way to the International Space Station.</p><p>Orbital Sciences Corp. launched a cargo ship Sunday from the Virginia coast. Daylight limited visibility, but sky-gazers from North Carolina to New Jersey still had a shot at seeing the rising rocket.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:30:50 +0000 Don Rush 57705 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net International Space Station Resupply Mission Delayed http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/international-space-station-resupply-mission-delayed <p></p><p>The International Space Station resupply mission has been delayed another day.</p><p>It’s now scheduled for Sunday July 13<sup>th</sup><sup> </sup>cancelling the Saturday launch.</p><p>Severe weather in the area of the Wallops Flight Facility has repeatedly hampered the launch of the Cygnus spacecraft.</p><p>The vehicle will carry around 33-hundred pounds of supplies including science experiments, crew provisions, spare parts and experiment hardware.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:20:25 +0000 Don Rush 57591 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net International Space Station Resupply Mission Delayed Wallops Rocket Launch Postponed Until Saturday http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wallops-rocket-launch-postponed-until-saturday <p>There will be no rocket launch tomorrow at Wallops Flight Facility.</p><p>Orbital Sciences has rescheduled the flight for its Cygnus space craft for Saturday because of bad weather.</p><p>NASA spokesmen Keith Koehler says the mission to the International Space Station will take place around 1 p.m. on Saturday. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Cygnus holds around 33-hundred pounds of supplies for the station.</p><p>This includes science experiments, crew provisions, spare parts and experiment hardware.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:51:28 +0000 Don Rush 57501 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wallops Rocket Launch Postponed Until Saturday NASA Prematurely Ends Rocket Launch at Wallops http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/nasa-prematurely-ends-rocket-launch-wallops <p>WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA says it will investigate an anomaly detected during the launch of a sounding rocket that prematurely ended its flight.</p><p>The Terrier-Improved Malemute ended its flight about 19 seconds after it was launched at 4:36 a.m. Wednesday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.</p><p>A flight anomaly with the rocket's second stage motor was detected by range controllers.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:57:12 +0000 Don Rush 57049 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net NASA Prematurely Ends Rocket Launch at Wallops Rocket Launch at Wallops Flight Facility Set for Saturday http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/rocket-launch-wallops-flight-facility-set-saturday <p>WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - An upcoming launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore is testing new suborbital rocket technologies.</p><p>NASA says the launch is expected to take place between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Saturday. If weather delays the flight, the backup launch days are Sunday and July 2.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:41:39 +0000 Don Rush 56641 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Rocket Launch at Wallops Flight Facility Set for Saturday Wallops Flight Facility, Future "Aerospace Capital" http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wallops-flight-facility-future-aerospace-capital <p>Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe predicted the Wallops Island region will become the aerospace capital of the globe.</p><p>He was speaking at a ground breaking ceremony for $8 million improvements at Wallops Research Park next the flight facility that is currently involved in resupply shipments to the International Space Station.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the research center improvements include a 1-thousand-foot taxiway that will connect the 200-acre park to the runways at the NASA Flight Facility.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:46:17 +0000 Don Rush 55737 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wallops Flight Facility, Future "Aerospace Capital" Wallops Flight Facility Launches Study of Polar Ice http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wallops-flight-facility-launches-study-polar-ice <p>WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A NASA campaign launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore is helping improve the understanding of changes to polar ice.</p><p>The space agency says researchers aboard NASA's P-3 research aircraft left from the Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island this week to go to Greenland to conduct surveys.</p><p>The mission is known as Operation IceBridge. Researchers will gather data on changes to polar ice and maintain continuity of measurements for NASA satellite missions.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:49:13 +0000 Don Rush 50748 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wallops Flight Facility Launches Study of Polar Ice Manned Flights From Wallop's Flight Facility? http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/manned-flights-wallops-flight-facility <p>Could we see astronauts being launched from nearby Wallops Island Flight Facility?</p><p>That’s what the Las Vegas based company Bigelow Aerospace wants to do.</p><p>Mike Gold, director of DC Operations and Business Growth told WBOC, that his company is hoping to make such a proposal to NASA that would including launching people from Virginia’s Eastern Shore.&nbsp;</p><p>This would require some upgrades which would mean construction jobs for the area.</p><p>The company builds what are called space habitats.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:01:42 +0000 Don Rush 49548 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Manned Flights From Wallop's Flight Facility? Cygnus Off Loads Trash From International Space Station http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/cygnus-loads-trash-international-space-station <p>CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The International Space Station has one less capsule and a lot less trash.</p><p>A commercial cargo ship ended its five-week visit Tuesday morning. NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins used the space station's big robot arm to release the capsule, called Cygnus.</p><p>Cygnus is filled with garbage and will burn up when it plunges through the atmosphere Wednesday.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:33:47 +0000 Don Rush 49478 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Cygnus Off Loads Trash From International Space Station NASA Delays Launch at Wallops Flight Facility http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/nasa-delays-launch-wallops-flight-facility <p>Due to the rainy weather the NASA Wallops flight facility has postponed the launch of three suborbital rockets.</p><p>The Terrier-Orion rockets were set to take off for the Defense Department this morning.</p><p>But NASA has put off the launch until Wednesday morning between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.</p><p>NASA says the rockets will take off within a 20-second period.</p><p>Residents as far as Southern New Jersey may be able to see the rockets lift off.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:38:03 +0000 Don Rush 47655 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net NASA Delays Launch at Wallops Flight Facility Cygnus Rocket Launch This Afternoon From Wallops http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/cygnus-rocket-launch-afternoon-wallops <p>NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility is set to launch the Orbital-1 cargo resupply rocket to the International Space Station this afternoon just after 1 p.m.</p><p>After being delayed earlier this week NASA officials say that the weather looks good for a successfully launch.</p><p>A Thursday launch would allow the Cygnus spacecraft to arrive at the International Space Station early Sunday with more than 27-hundred pounds of supplies for the crew members.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:28:50 +0000 Don Rush 47409 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Cygnus Rocket Launch This Afternoon From Wallops Wallops Flight Facility Sends Nearly 30 Small Satellites Into Orbit http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wallops-flight-facility-sends-nearly-30-small-satellites-orbit <p>At <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/home/index.html">Wallops Flight Facility</a> a Minotaur rocket lifted off the launch pad last night carrying 29 tiny satellites into space.</p><p>13 of them were built by college and high school students from across the country.</p><p>Ian Maloney and his classmates at the Naval Academy told WBOC that never in his wildest dreams did he believe he would be doing something like this.</p><p>He said that the satellite is to provide students at the Naval Academy with telemetry.</p><p>http://youtu.be/bYzzY9HbBmo</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:56:30 +0000 Don Rush 44998 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wallops Flight Facility Sends Nearly 30 Small Satellites Into Orbit Rocket Launch Tonight at Wallops Flight Facility http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/rocket-launch-tonight-wallops-flight-facility <p>A rocket launch is set for 7:30 this evening from the Wallops Flight Facility when the Air Force and NASA will attempt to put 29 tiny satellites into orbit.</p><p>The launch is expected to be seen by much of the East Coast.</p><p>Orbital Sciences Corporation rocket will carry an ordinary smartphone that has been converted by NASA and another built by students at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia.</p><p>WBOC reports that the backup date is November 26<sup>th</sup>.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:58:49 +0000 Don Rush 44949 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Rocket Launch Tonight at Wallops Flight Facility Navy Begins Carrier Simulation Flights over Wallops Flight Facility http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/navy-begins-carrier-simulation-flights-over-wallops-flight-facility <p>The Monday morning sky over Wallops Flight Facility was filled with Navy carrier practice flights under an agreement that allows for up to 20-thousand flight passes annually.</p><p>A Navy pilot is able to simulate as closely as possible a landing on an air craft carrier at sea.</p><p>But WBOC reports that some neighbors say they’re concerned about these flights.</p><p>Vicki Stevens, who lives in Horntown, told the station said while she supports the military with her husband being a Vietnam veteran but adding 16-thousand additional flights is “a big number.”</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:38:07 +0000 Don Rush 44150 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Navy Begins Carrier Simulation Flights over Wallops Flight Facility Wallops Flight Facility Aids Study of Ice Melt Around Greenland http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wallops-flight-facility-aids-study-ice-melt-around-greenland <p>WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A NASA campaign being launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore is helping improve the understanding of seasonal ice melt around Greenland.</p><p>The space agency says a NASA's C-130 research aircraft flew from the Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island this week to Greenland to conduct surveys. Flights are scheduled to continue through Nov. 16.</p><p>The data they collect will provide baseline measurements for future satellite missions. The land and sea ice information also will give researchers a more comprehensive view of seasonal changes.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:58:49 +0000 Don Rush 43948 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wallops Flight Facility Aids Study of Ice Melt Around Greenland Cygnus Mission to International Space Station Declared Success http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/cygnus-mission-international-space-station-declared-success <p>Officials at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility declared the Cygnus space module resupply mission to the International Space Station a success.</p><p>The spacecraft re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere early yesterday afternoon and Orbital Sciences is now preparing to get into the heart of its contract with the space agency.</p><p>The next Cygnus space module is now on its way to Wallops with a launched date for mid-December.</p><p>Orbital Sciences spokesman Barry Benseki told WBOC that there will be at least eight such launches over the next three years from Wallops.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:02:15 +0000 Don Rush 43483 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Cygnus Mission to International Space Station Declared Success Government Shutdown Hits Delmarva (Update) http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/government-shutdown-hits-delmarva-update <p>The government shutdown has closed the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia and the Coastal Delaware National Wildlife Refuge Complex until further notice.</p><p>U.S. Fish and &amp; Wildlife Service officials said that only those activities that are necessary for an emergency or to protect human life or property would be staffed.</p><p>WBOC reports that Public access will also be barred and wildlife management activities and public programs were canceled.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:14:23 +0000 Don Rush 42151 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Government Shutdown Hits Delmarva (Update) Cygnus Spacecraft Docks With International Space Station http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/cygnus-spacecraft-docks-international-space-station <p>The Cygnus has successfully docked with the International Space Station.</p><p>The spacecraft was launched on top of an Antares rocket September 18<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>The unmanned craft is owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation and reached its destination on Sunday.</p><p>With the smooth hook up the firm is only the second company to accomplish such a resupply feat.</p><p>The California-based SpaceX Company took the lead last year.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:43:19 +0000 Don Rush 42064 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Cygnus Spacecraft Docks With International Space Station Antares Rocket Lifts Off at Wallops Flight Facility http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/antares-rocket-lifts-wallops-flight-facility <p>The <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html">Antares</a> rocket lifted off from the Wallops Flight Facility just before 11 a.m. this morning.</p><p>The Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket is taking the Cygnus Spacecraft on its first resupply mission to the International Space Station.</p><p>The two stage Antares is 133 feet tall and is the second major launch in less than two weeks with the Moon mission earlier this month.</p><p>Liftoff yesterday was postponed by bad weather.</p><p><strong>Space Station Arrival</strong></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:52:12 +0000 Don Rush 41365 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Antares Rocket Lifts Off at Wallops Flight Facility Mikulski on Navy Yard Shooting and Wallops Rocket Launch http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/mikulski-navy-yard-shooting-and-wallops-rocket-launch <p>Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md) says it is now time to look at the issue of mental illness and military security, in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting that killed 12 victims and left the alleged shooter dead. Delmarva Public Radio spoke with the Maryland Democrat about the tragedy in a week that saw Wallops Island Flight facility gear up for another rocket launch.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:40:11 +0000 Don Rush 41362 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Mikulski on Navy Yard Shooting and Wallops Rocket Launch Antares Rocket Prepares for Mission to International Space Station http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/antares-rocket-prepares-mission-international-space-station <p>The Wallops Island flight facility is set for another rocket launch.</p><p>Tomorrow an Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is expected to take the Cygnus spacecraft on its first mission to the International Space Station.</p><p>The 133-foot-tall, two-stage Antares rocket will be launched at 10-50 a.m. tomorrow with a 15-minute window.</p><p>It had originally been set for lift off today but was postponed because of bad weather.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:58:51 +0000 Don Rush 41283 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Antares Rocket Prepares for Mission to International Space Station Wallops Prepares for Moon Mission Launch http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wallops-prepares-moon-mission-launch <p>With thousands expected to flock to Wallops Island for the September moon mission launch local officials are scrambling to accommodate them.</p><p>The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer is set to lift off aboard a Minotaur V rocket on September 6<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>That launch window extends through September 10<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>It’s the first deep space mission to be launched from Wallops.</p><p>The southern part of the Assateague Beach from the access road south will be closed to take into account any falling debris.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:36:26 +0000 Don Rush 39010 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wallops Prepares for Moon Mission Launch NASA Wallops Rocket Launch Delayed Again http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/nasa-wallops-rocket-launch-delayed-again <p>Two rocket launches from the NASA Wallops flight Facility were scrubbed today because of poor weather conditions in the region.</p><p>NASA says it will make another attempt tomorrow between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m..</p><p>The two rockets are a Black Brant V and a Terrier-Improved Orion which will lift off 15 seconds apart.</p><p>They are part of the Daytime Dynamo experiment which will study a global electrical current that sweeps through the ionosphere.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:07:46 +0000 Don Rush 37014 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net NASA Wallops Rocket Launch Delayed Again Wallops Rocket Launch Postponed Until Friday http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wallops-rocket-launch-postponed-until-friday <p>WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA is rescheduling its planned launch of two rockets from the Eastern Shore of Virginia to Friday.</p><p>The launch originally scheduled for Monday from Wallops Island was scrubbed again Tuesday because conditions weren't what scientists needed to carry out their experiments.</p><p>NASA plans to launch the Black Brant V and Terrier-Improved Orion 15 seconds apart in support of the Daytime Dynamo experiment.</p><p>NASA says the project is designed to study a global electrical current called the dynamo, which sweeps through the ionosphere.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:45:45 +0000 Don Rush 36645 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wallops Rocket Launch Postponed Until Friday Successful Launch of Galaxy Study Rocket at Wallops http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/successful-launch-galaxy-study-rocket-wallops <p>At 11:05 pm last night a Black Brant XII suborbital rocket successfully launched the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.</p><p>The Experiment will study the first stars and galaxies and how they were formed in the universe.</p><p>The rocket lifted the payload to an altitude of around 358 miles above the Atlantic Ocean.</p><p>The height will allow a longer observation time for the instruments.</p><p>The payload will eventually splash down into the Atlantic Ocean more than 400 miles from the Virginia Coast but will not be recovered.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:32:17 +0000 Don Rush 35536 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Successful Launch of Galaxy Study Rocket at Wallops Suborbital Rocket Launch Delayed Until Tonight at Wallops http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/suborbital-rocket-launch-delayed-until-tonight-wallops <p>The launch of the Black Brant XII rocket that will take a look at how the first galaxy was formed has been delayed until this evening to around 11 pm tonight at the Wallops Flight Facility.</p><p>The suborbital rocket had been set to be launched last night but there was not enough time to cool the instruments on the payload before launch.</p><p>The Cosmic Infrared ExperRiment will study the first stars and how galaxies formed in the universe.</p><p>The NASA Center will begin allowing the public in at around 9:30 pm to view the launch.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:50:28 +0000 Don Rush 35473 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Suborbital Rocket Launch Delayed Until Tonight at Wallops Briefing at Wollops on NASA Noose Incident http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/briefing-wollops-nasa-noose-incident <p></p><p>ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - Wallops Flight Facility employees will be briefed on NASA's investigation into the discovery of a noose at one of the Virginia center's buildings.</p><p>Chris Scolese, director of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will discuss the findings with Wallops employees Thursday.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:00:44 +0000 Don Rush 31826 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Briefing at Wollops on NASA Noose Incident NASA Rocket Launched From Wallops Flight Facility http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/nasa-rocket-launched-wallops-flight-facility <P>WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA successfully launched four university experiments this morning on a Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket from the agency’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.</P> <P>Launched at 7:16:30 a.m. EDT, the rocket lofted the experiments to an altitude of 95.4 miles.&nbsp;</P> <P>The first flight of a Talos-Terrier-Oriole rocket is scheduled Saturday morning. The rocket is being developed to support high altitude space science research. Sunday is the backup launch day. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:40:04 +0000 Don Rush 21493 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net NASA Rocket Launched From Wallops Flight Facility Weather Aircraft Uses NASA Wallops Flight Facility http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/weather-aircraft-uses-nasa-wallops-flight-facility <P>WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:59:00 +0000 Don Rush 20730 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Weather Aircraft Uses NASA Wallops Flight Facility