NASA Wallops Flight Facility http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Defense Department Rockets Launch From Wallops http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/defense-department-rockets-launch-wallops <p>WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Three rockets have been launched from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.</p><p>NASA says the launch of the suborbital Terrier-Orion rockets occurred within a 20-second period beginning at 4:09 a.m. Wednesday.</p><p>The rockets were launched for the Department of Defense.</p><p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:37:20 +0000 Don Rush 47718 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Defense Department Rockets Launch From Wallops Orbital Science Rocket On Way to Resupply International Space Station http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/orbital-science-rocket-way-resupply-international-space-station <p>The Orbital Science’s rocket is on its way to the International Space Station after lifting off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility yesterday afternoon.</p><p>The Cygnus spacecraft is packed with 3-thousand pounds of equipment and experiments provided by NASA as well as food and other supplies.</p><p>The spacecraft is expected to dock with the space station sometime on Sunday.</p><p>The rocket launch was delayed three times – most recently because of a strong solar storm.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:49:54 +0000 Don Rush 47465 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Orbital Science Rocket On Way to Resupply International Space Station Another Rocket Launch Set for Wallops Flight Facility http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/another-rocket-launch-set-wallops-flight-facility <p>Another day another rocket launch at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility.</p><p>The next one is scheduled for November 19<sup>th</sup> with a military satellite aboard an Orbital Sciences Corporation Minotaur I rocket.</p><p>The Air Force Operationally Responsive Space Office’s OARS-3 Enabler mission will be tested for the launch and range improvements for NASA and the military.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that NASA says this includes an automated trajectory targeting, range safety planning and flight termination systems.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:28:42 +0000 Don Rush 44669 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Another Rocket Launch Set for Wallops Flight Facility Wallops Flight Facility Gears Up for More Missions http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wallops-flight-facility-gears-more-missions <p>More missions are on tap for NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in the wake of the successful launches of the moon exploration mission and the Cygnus spacecraft that will ship supplies to the International Space Station.</p><p>Dale Nash, the executive Director of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, told WBOC that Wallops had now become a major player in orbital launch and even planetary missions.</p><p>With a quick 30 day turnaround, he said, that demonstrated that such launches can be done quickly.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:15:02 +0000 Don Rush 41789 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wallops Flight Facility Gears Up for More Missions Lunar Launch Encounters Problems, Another Space Station Rocket Test in Offing http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/lunar-launch-encounters-problems-another-space-station-rocket-test-offing <p><strong>Friday Launch</strong></p><p>It was a historic weekend for NASA’s Flight Facility on Wallops Island.</p><p>Around 15-hundred visitors watched the first lunar launch last Friday from the Virginia facility.</p><p>Thousands more saw the rocket take flight from Maine to the Carolinas…with spectacular shot streaking across the sky above New York.</p><p>But the rocket immediately ran into some equipment problems.</p><p>By Saturday NASA officials said the rocket was still on track for the moon saying that the troubles would be worked out over the next two or three weeks.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:25:58 +0000 Don Rush 40804 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Lunar Launch Encounters Problems, Another Space Station Rocket Test in Offing First Moon Mission From Wallops Flight Facility, Ready for Launch http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/first-moon-mission-wallops-flight-facility-ready-launch <p>It’s a go for liftoff tonight at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility for the first moon mission to be launched from Virginia.</p><p>NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environmental Explorer will be carried aloft by a five-stage Minotaur V rocket.</p><p>At 11:27 p.m. there will be a four minute launch window with alternate dates running through September 10<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>NASA Wallops Flight Facility officials say there is a 95 percent chance for good weather.</p><p>14-hundred VIP guests are expected to be in Chincoteague to view the launch.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 13:52:50 +0000 Don Rush 40683 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net First Moon Mission From Wallops Flight Facility, Ready for Launch Orbital Sciences Gets Contract to Search for Exoplanets http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/orbital-sciences-gets-contract-search-exoplanets <p></p><p>DULLES, Va. (AP) - Space technology company Orbital Sciences Corp. has been selected to develop a new astrophysics satellite for NASA under a four-year, $75 million contract.</p><p>The Dulles based company says it will design, manufacture and test the satellite that will perform a full-sky search for exoplanets around nearby stars.&nbsp;</p><p>The work is being done as part of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite program. A launch is planned for mid-2017.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:37:29 +0000 Don Rush 33051 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Orbital Sciences Gets Contract to Search for Exoplanets Antares Next Liftoff Date: This Saturday http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/antares-next-liftoff-date-saturday <p></p><p>It will not be until Saturday before the two-stage Antares rocket lifts off the launch pad at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.</p><p>Orbital Sciences Corporation had planned to send the rocket into space on Wednesday.</p><p>But there was glitch just 12 minutes before launch.</p><p>The rocket will be carrying a dummy cargo as it prepares for eventually supplying the International Space Station.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:47:19 +0000 Don Rush 32747 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Antares Next Liftoff Date: This Saturday NASA Wallops Launch Set for Thursday http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/nasa-wallops-launch-set-thursday <P>The NASA Wallops Flight Facility is set for another suborbital rocket launch this Thursday.</P> <P>It will give students hands-on experience in designing, building, testing and carrying out four experiments.</P> <P>The RockSat-X is a joint effort by NASA and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium at the University of Colorado in Boulder.</P> <P>The experiments range from an analysis of atmospheric particles by students at the University of Puerto Rico to measuring nitric oxide and atmospheric dust by students from Virginia Tech and Baylor universities.</P> <P>The Colorado Space Grant Conso Tue, 21 Aug 2012 13:00:05 +0000 Don Rush 19382 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net