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9:22 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Delayed: Wallops' Launch of Terrier-Lynx

Wallops Flight Facility

The launch of the Terrier-Lynx suborbital Defense Department rocket set for this morning has been delayed at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

The next date is October 12th between midnight and 2 a.m.

There will be no real time broadcast of the launch nor will the visitor’s center be open.

But Keith Koehler, a spokesman for the Flight Facility, says that people around the Chesapeake Bay region may be able to see the rocket lift off.

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9:08 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Wallops' Island NASA Facility Generating Housing Boom

Wallops Island

There has been an uptick in the housing market.

On Delmarva, the continued growth at Wallops’ Island NASA facility has generated a housing boom, with the addition of over one-thousand new jobs.

Dale King, a realtor at Kennington Realty, told WMDT that the expansion at the flight facility has clearly been a boon to their business.

Nationally, the number of home sales has gone up with a 5-percent increase over last year and 9-percent over 2012.

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7:40 am
Tue August 26, 2014

NASA Rocket to Test New Method for Suborbital Missions

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This Thursday’s launch from the Wallops Island Flight Facility will be testing a new method for suborbital rocket missions with the Black Brant IX sounding rocket.

NASA says that the deployment method uses small rocket motors similar to those used in model rockets to eject the sub-payload from the main payload.

The two sub-payloads will use mixtures of barium and small amounts of lithium and strontium that will burn and form tracers to measure the wind in the region between the earth’s atmosphere and space.

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7:40 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Military Rocket Launches from Wallops Flight Facility

Wallops Island Flight Facility
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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A rocket for the Department of Defense has been launched from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility.

NASA says the Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket was launched at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The launch had been postponed several times.

NASA says in a news release that the next launch from Wallops is scheduled for Thursday. A NASA Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket will be launched for a technology demonstration.

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7:34 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Space STEM Education Grants for Virginia Community Colleges

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is sharing more than $17.3 million from NASA to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at community colleges and technical schools.

Officials say the Virginia Community College System is getting funding through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program.

Thirty-five awards were granted after a solicitation to members of the national Space Grant Consortia. Each award has a two-year performance period and a maximum value of $500,000.

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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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12:14 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Univ. of Maryland Project Chosen for International Space Station

International Space Station

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - NASA has chosen a University of Maryland proposal for a new instrument to observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station.

NASA announced Wednesday that the laser-based system will observe the structure of forest canopy. The instrument will be completed in 2019 and will not cost more than $94 million. NASA says sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

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8:36 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Wallops Facility Restores Shoreline After Hurricane Sandy

Wallops Flight Facility

The Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is restoring the shoreline lost to Hurricane Sandy which gouged out 1.2 million cubic yards of sand. 

Paul Bull, the deputy chief for facilities at Wallops Island, told WBOC that the beach keeps water away from the NASA launch site and protects $1.2 billion of state and federal assets.

The restoration is being aided by federal Sandy relief money to help NASA and its partners with the $11.4 million project.

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9:30 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Resupply Mission From Wallops on its Way to International Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A fresh delivery is on its way to the International Space Station.

Orbital Sciences Corp. launched a cargo ship Sunday from the Virginia coast. Daylight limited visibility, but sky-gazers from North Carolina to New Jersey still had a shot at seeing the rising rocket.

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8:57 am
Wed July 2, 2014

NASA Prematurely Ends Rocket Launch at Wallops

Terrier-Improved Malemute Rocket Launch Ends Prematurely at Wallops Flight Facility
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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA says it will investigate an anomaly detected during the launch of a sounding rocket that prematurely ended its flight.

The Terrier-Improved Malemute ended its flight about 19 seconds after it was launched at 4:36 a.m. Wednesday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

A flight anomaly with the rocket's second stage motor was detected by range controllers.

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8:41 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Rocket Launch at Wallops Flight Facility Set for Saturday

Terrier-Improved Malemute I

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - An upcoming launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore is testing new suborbital rocket technologies.

NASA says the launch is expected to take place between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Saturday. If weather delays the flight, the backup launch days are Sunday and July 2.

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9:49 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Wallops Flight Facility Launches Study of Polar Ice

Operation IceBridge

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A NASA campaign launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore is helping improve the understanding of changes to polar ice.

The space agency says researchers aboard NASA's P-3 research aircraft left from the Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island this week to go to Greenland to conduct surveys.

The mission is known as Operation IceBridge. Researchers will gather data on changes to polar ice and maintain continuity of measurements for NASA satellite missions.

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8:41 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Beach Replenishment for Wallops Flight Facility

Wallops Flight Facility

$10.5 million has been awarded by the Army Corp of Engineers  to beef up the sand and dunes along NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility on the Virginia Eastern Shore.

The project calls for restoring 650-thousand cubic yards of sand along the shoreline of the launch center.

Hurricane Sandy destroyed sand, dunes and berm along the barrier island.

Bill Wrobel, director of the Wallops Flight Facility, told the Salisbury Daily Times that the project is absolutely vital to protect the more than $1 billion worth of assets.

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9:38 am
Tue January 14, 2014

NASA Delays Launch at Wallops Flight Facility

Wallops Flight Facility

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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9:58 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Rocket Launch Tonight at Wallops Flight Facility

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A rocket launch is set for 7:30 this evening from the Wallops Flight Facility when the Air Force and NASA will attempt to put 29 tiny satellites into orbit.

The launch is expected to be seen by much of the East Coast.

Orbital Sciences Corporation rocket will carry an ordinary smartphone that has been converted by NASA and another built by students at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia.

WBOC reports that the backup date is November 26th.

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8:58 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Antares Rocket Prepares for Mission to International Space Station

Antares Rocket
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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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9:29 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Successful Launch at Wallops Flight Facility

Malemute Terrierk-Improved suborbital rocket
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A NASA MalemuteTerrier-Improved suborbital rocket lifted off this morning from Wallops Flight Facility this morning carrying experiment developed by university students from across the nation.

The experiments were developed through the RockSat-X program conducted with the Colorado Space Grant Constortium.

There were around 40 students and instructors on hand for the launch this morning.

The launch was dedicated to Brad Mason, a recent graduate from Crisfield High School who had been an intern at Wallops, and died in a crash earlier this summer.

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9:36 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Wallops Prepares for Moon Mission Launch

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With thousands expected to flock to Wallops Island for the September moon mission launch local officials are scrambling to accommodate them.

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer is set to lift off aboard a Minotaur V rocket on September 6th.

That launch window extends through September 10th.

It’s the first deep space mission to be launched from Wallops.

The southern part of the Assateague Beach from the access road south will be closed to take into account any falling debris.

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9:05 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Possible Trouble Ahead for NASA Funding Bill

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A Senate Subcommitee yesterday approved an $18 billion funding bill for NASA and comes just as NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility is getting ready to launch the Antares rocket that will help resupply the International Space Station.

The Senate bill provides money for projects ranging from a manned deep-space mission to Mars and the deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope to a joint venture with private companies to transport U.S. astronauts to the space station in the next few years.

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9:07 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Mission to Mars


At least one Maryland Congressional member has her sights set on Mars.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.

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9:32 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Successful Launch of Galaxy Study Rocket at Wallops

Black Brant XII rocket launch at Wallops Flight Facility

At 11:05 pm last night a Black Brant XII suborbital rocket successfully launched the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

The Experiment will study the first stars and galaxies and how they were formed in the universe.

The rocket lifted the payload to an altitude of around 358 miles above the Atlantic Ocean.

The height will allow a longer observation time for the instruments.

The payload will eventually splash down into the Atlantic Ocean more than 400 miles from the Virginia Coast but will not be recovered.

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10:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Briefing at Wollops on NASA Noose Incident

ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - Wallops Flight Facility employees will be briefed on NASA's investigation into the discovery of a noose at one of the Virginia center's buildings.

Chris Scolese, director of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will discuss the findings with Wallops employees Thursday.

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10:40 am
Fri September 21, 2012

NASA Rocket Launched From Wallops Flight Facility

Suborbital Rocket
Suborbital Rocket,

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA successfully launched four university experiments this morning on a Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket from the agency’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Launched at 7:16:30 a.m. EDT, the rocket lofted the experiments to an altitude of 95.4 miles. 

12:34 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Rocket Launch at Wallops Flight Facility

Wallops Island Flight Facility,

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA has launched a suborbital rocket for the Department of Defense from its Wallops Island Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

NASA says the Terrier-Lynx rocket was launched Tuesday evening.

The space agency plans to launch a second Terrier-Lynx rocket on Saturday night. The rocket could be visible to residents in the Mid-Atlantic. 

7:59 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Weather Aircraft Uses NASA Wallops Flight Facility


WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's Eastern Shore is being used as a launch site for a NASA mission to study tropical cyclones.

The federal space agency is sending unmanned scientific aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean to study the cyclones and what causes them to intensify into hurricanes.

Flights are set to begin in early September and continue into October at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

An aircraft that flew over Hurricane Leslie in the Atlantic Ocean landed at the facility on Friday.

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12:20 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Wallops Island: Failure to Launch

Talos-Terrier-Oriole Rocket,

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A problem in the payload has delayed the test flight of a suborbital sound rocking from NASA's Wallops Island Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The space agency says the problem would have interfered with transmission of data during the flight.

The launch was scheduled for Thursday morning. NASA says a new launch date hasn't been determined.

The three-stage vehicle's flight is meant to support high-altitude space science research.

10:07 am
Wed September 5, 2012

NASA Delays Rocket Launch Until Thursday

Talos-Terrier-Oriole Rocket,

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA is planning a test flight of a suborbital sounding rocket from its Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The space agency says the test flight was set for Wednesday morning, but was postponed until Thursday morning to allow additional testing of the payload.

It will be the first flight of the Talos-Terrier-Oriole launch vehicle meant to support high-altitude space science research.

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9:07 am
Fri August 24, 2012

NASA Launch Scrubbed at Wallops Island Flight Facility

Wallops Island Facility,

This morning NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility scrubbed a suborbital sounding rocket launch that carries experiments by students from four universities, because of the presence of boats in the Atlantic Ocean.

NASA says the four university experiments are designed by students under the RockSat X program that allows them to experience designing, building, testing projects in space flight.

The rocket will soar to a height of 98 miles.

The flight will last 15 minutes with the payload splashing down around 65 miles off the Virginia coast.

7:54 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Senator Tom Carper At NASA Spacesuit Company

FREDERICA, Del. (AP) - Delaware Sen. Tom Carper says he will tour a Frederica company that makes space suits for NASA.

Carper says he will visit ILC Dover on Monday to see how a state partnership has helped the company. The Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership is a non-profit economic development organization that helps Delaware manufacturers and small businesses.

In addition to NASA space suits, ILC makes blimps for advertising and military surveillance, high tech inflatable devices, gas masks for military and civilian use and other products.

12:14 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

NASA Delays Saturday Launch

There will be no rocket launch from Wallops Island Flight Facility tomorrow.

NASA managers have scrubbed the launch and it is being rescheduled no earlier than Sunday.

The agency is testing an inflatable heat shield technology.

The one day delay is to allow for additional testing of vehicle launch systems.

NASA has three consecutive days for a launch with a liftoff window from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The rocket will be visible to residents in the Wallops and southern Chesapeake Bay region.