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The Salisbury-based Harkins Contracting Incorporated has been tapped to build a new Mission Launch Command Center at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

It will spread out over 14-thousand square feet becoming the central location for rocket control, their payloads and other support systems.

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A Delaware commercial lab did receive live anthrax in an accidental shipment from the Department of Defense.

State health officials say they were told by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that it was a low concentration of the bug.

The Delaware Division of Public health emphasized that there is no danger to the public and that the state is working closely with the CDC on decontamination of the facility.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state officials also declined to identify which lab was involved.

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A Delaware commercial lab has been closed.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it is one of potentially nine facilities that may have gotten live anthrax spores from the U.S. Department of Defense.

The paper reports that state and federal officials refused to identify the facility.    

The announcement follows the Defense Department’s revelation that it sent out at least one and perhaps has many as nine shipments to facilities nationwide.

A spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control has said that it does not believe there is any risk to the public.

ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - Three suborbital rockets were launched from NASA's facility on Wallops Island as part of a ballistic missile defense test.
The Missile Defense Agency says Tuesday's successful flight test was the first to assess the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system's ability to simulate engagements of raids consisting of three short-range, separating ballistic missile targets.

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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.

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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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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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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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.

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.