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8:58 am
Thu November 20, 2014

VA Reviews Rocket Deal after Explosion at Wallops

Antares Rocket Explodes Just After Liftoff
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials plan to re-examine a spaceport deal with Orbital Sciences Corp. following a rocket explosion that damaged a state-owned launch pad.

Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne Jr. tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration may seek to renegotiate the deal.

McAuliffe also has asked U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine to look for federal funds to help pay for repairs.

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7:59 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Sadness & Support from Officials to Explosion at Wallops

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md)
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Reaction from elected officials to the rocket explosion at Wallops Island was one of sadness but also support for the private space venture.

Maryland’s Senior Senator Barbara Mikulski said that despite the disaster she remains a strong supporter of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.

She said she was thankful that no one was hurt this week and that the explosion reminds us that rocketry is still hard.

The Antares rocket was carrying 5-thousand pounds of cargo to resupply the International Space Station.

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9:24 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Search for Answers to Launch Failure Begins at Wallops

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Now begins the search for answers to the explosion that destroyed the Antares rocket on Tuesday that was to carry supplies to the International Space Station.

Officials say they have begun an initial assessment of the damage and in the weeks ahead they will move forward with restoring the space launch capabilities.

Keith Kohler, a spokesman for the Wallops Flight Facility, he does not expect the disaster to affect upcoming sounding rocket launches which are scheduled for the coming months.

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9:35 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Rocket Explodes in Wallops, Company Begins Investigation

Antares Rocket Explodes at Wallops Flight Facility
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An Antares rocket exploded just seconds after liftoff from the Walllops Flight Facility late yesterday destroying the Cygnus cargo vessel carrying to 5-thousand pounds of supplies to the international space station.

The company will put together an investigative board to find out what caused the unmanned rocket to explode.

Frank Culbertson, Orbital’s Executive Vice President, told a news conference last night that it is too early to tell what exactly happened.

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8:13 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Defense Department Rocket Launched From Wallops

Wallops Island Flight Facility
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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA has launched a rocket for the Department of Defense from its Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia.

The space agency says the Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket was launched at 12:27 a.m. Sunday.

The next scheduled launch from Wallops will be Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket on Oct. 24. NASA says the rocket will carry Orbital's Cyngus cargo carrier to the International Space Station.

The launch is expected to be visible to Mid-Atlantic residents.

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1:19 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Cygnus Spacecraft Leaves International Space Station

International Space Station
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The Cygnus cargo spacecraft left the International Space Station this morning at 6: 40 a.m.

It delivered around 33-hundred pounds of supplies and experiments after launching from Wallops Flight Facility on July 13 aboard an Orbital Sciences Antares.

Around half the cargo was food for the space station crew, while the rest consisted of hardware, spare parts and scientific experiments.

The spacecraft should re-enter the atmosphere on August 17th and burn up over the Pacific Ocean. Orbital’s next cargo mission to the space station is set for this October.

 

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7:55 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Antares Rocket Launch Delayed at Wallops

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The Antares rocket launch from the Wallops Island Flight facility was postponed yesterday for at least a week.

The reason: An Aerojet Rocketdyne engine for future use failed in testing.

The Orbital Sciences Corporation said that next launch window will be no earlier than June 17th.

It would be the second launch of eight planned commercial cargo flights to the International Space Station.

In the days ahead scientists will be looking at what caused the test failure of the rocket engine.

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8:58 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Antares Rocket Prepares for Mission to International Space Station

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The Wallops Island flight facility is set for another rocket launch.

Tomorrow an Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is expected to take the Cygnus spacecraft on its first mission to the International Space Station.

The 133-foot-tall, two-stage Antares rocket will be launched at 10-50 a.m. tomorrow with a 15-minute window.

It had originally been set for lift off today but was postponed because of bad weather.

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9:03 am
Mon July 15, 2013

September Launch Set For Space Station Resupply Rocket

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The stage is set for a mid-September launch of an Antares rocket that will supply the International Space Station from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island.

The mission is the major goal in the agreement between Orbital Sciences and NASA.

The company has a contract for eight resupply missions under the Commercial Resupply Service program.

Wallops Island officials say that the two stages of the Antares rocket have been joined and are going through final testing.

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