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8:41 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Military Objects to Wind Farm in Somerset County

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md)
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The Defense Department has raised a formal objection to the construction of the proposed wind farm in Somerset County.

Congressman Steny Hoyer says he has gotten a letter from Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work that said the project which includes 25 wind turbines would impair or degrade the military’s capability to conduct research, development, testing and evaluation of defense readiness.

Hoyer said that the Defense Department is concerned that The Great Bay Wind project poses a significant threat to the radar system at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

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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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8:28 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Wallops Island Set for Defense Rocket Launch

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A Department of Defense rocket is scheduled to be launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore next month.

The launch of the Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket is scheduled for Oct. 1 between 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility.

October 12 is the backup launch day.

NASA says the rocket may be visible to residents in the Chesapeake Bay region.

The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops won't be open for viewing the launch. Real-time launch status updates won't be will be available.

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7:46 am
Mon August 18, 2014

NASA Delays Defense Department Rocket Launch

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WALLOPS ISAND, Va. (AP) - The launch of a Department of Defense rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility has been rescheduled.

The Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket was scheduled to be launched Saturday. NASA says in a news release that the new launch date is Aug. 23.

NASA didn't say why the launch was postponed.

The space agency says there will be no real-time launch status updates at the request of the Department of Defense. The NASA Visitors Center at Wallops won't be open for viewing the launch. The launch also won't be shown live on the Internet.

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8:37 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Defense Department Rockets Launch From Wallops

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Three rockets have been launched from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

NASA says the launch of the suborbital Terrier-Orion rockets occurred within a 20-second period beginning at 4:09 a.m. Wednesday.

The rockets were launched for the Department of Defense.

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9:38 am
Tue January 14, 2014

NASA Delays Launch at Wallops Flight Facility

Wallops Flight Facility
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Due to the rainy weather the NASA Wallops flight facility has postponed the launch of three suborbital rockets.

The Terrier-Orion rockets were set to take off for the Defense Department this morning.

But NASA has put off the launch until Wednesday morning between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

NASA says the rockets will take off within a 20-second period.

Residents as far as Southern New Jersey may be able to see the rockets lift off.

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