Antares

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9:15 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Wallops Flight Facility Gears Up for More Missions

Antares Rocket launch at Wallops Flight Facility
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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.

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.

With a quick 30 day turnaround, he said, that demonstrated that such launches can be done quickly.

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Local News
9:52 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Antares Rocket Lifts Off at Wallops Flight Facility

Antares Rocket
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The Antares rocket lifted off from the Wallops Flight Facility just before 11 a.m. this morning.

The Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket is taking the Cygnus Spacecraft on its first resupply mission to the International Space Station.

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.

Liftoff yesterday was postponed by bad weather.

Space Station Arrival

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9:25 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Lunar Launch Encounters Problems, Another Space Station Rocket Test in Offing

Lunar Launch from Wallops Flight Facility
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Friday Launch

It was a historic weekend for NASA’s Flight Facility on Wallops Island.

Around 15-hundred visitors watched the first lunar launch last Friday from the Virginia facility.

Thousands more saw the rocket take flight from Maine to the Carolinas…with spectacular shot streaking across the sky above New York.

But the rocket immediately ran into some equipment problems.

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.

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9:30 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Antares Test Rocket Launched At Wallops Flight Facility

Antares Rocket Launch
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ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - A company contracted by NASA to deliver supplies to the International Space Station has successfully launched rocket  (http://www.youtube.com) in a test of its ability to send a cargo ship aloft.

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Environment
9:23 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Successful Launch for Antares

ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - A company contracted by NASA to deliver supplies to the International Space Station has successfully launched a rocket in a test of its ability to send a cargo ship aloft.

The unmanned Antares rocket blasted off Sunday from Wallops Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore. About 10 minutes after the launch, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles declared the test a success after observing a practice payload reach orbit and safely separate from the rocket.

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11:47 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Antares Next Liftoff Date: This Saturday

International Space Station
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It will not be until Saturday before the two-stage Antares rocket lifts off the launch pad at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

Orbital Sciences Corporation had planned to send the rocket into space on Wednesday.

But there was glitch just 12 minutes before launch.

The rocket will be carrying a dummy cargo as it prepares for eventually supplying the International Space Station.

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9:31 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Wallops Antares Rocket Launch Set for Wednesday

Antares Rocket Ready for Launch
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The rocket stands 130 feet tall and 13 feet wide.

It’s twice the size of the Minotour.

It is the largest rocket ever to be launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

And the Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares it is set to go off tomorrow sometime after 5 pm.

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