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9:24 am
Fri December 12, 2014

$20 Million for Wallops Repair in House Spending Bill

Rocket explodes at Wallops Flight Facility just minutes after liftoff for International Space Station
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The last minute spending bill approved by the House of Representatives last night included $20 million in funding to help in the repair of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility that was damaged during the explosion of an Antares rocket just after liftoff this year.

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kane announced that the money is contained in the bill that will now be considered by the Senate.

The two Virginia Democrats calls the Wallops Facility a key asset to the state that they expect will continue to play a role in NASA and space exploration.

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10:47 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Damage at Wallops Flight Facility Takes Year to Repair

Antares Rocket Explodes Just Second After Liftoff for Mission to International Space Station
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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority says repairs to its launch pad on Wallops Island will likely take a year.

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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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8:45 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Orbital Sciences Changes Engines After Rocket Failure

Antares Rocket Explosion at Wallops Flight Facility
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NEW YORK (AP) - Orbital Sciences says it will likely stop using the type of engines that were employed when its unmanned Antares commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff last week.

The company says its investigation of the crash is continuing, but preliminary results point to a failure in one of its two main engines. Orbital says it still plans to fulfill its contract with NASA to deliver all remaining cargo to the Space Station by the end of 2016.

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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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8:39 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Rocket Launch Tonight from Wallops for Space Station

Orbital CRS-3 Resupply Mission for International Space Station
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Clear skies are expected for tonight’s launch from the NASA Wallops flight Facility.

The Antares rocket is set to lift off at 6:45 p.m. – the first night time launch of this kind of rocket at the Virginia Eastern Shore facility.

The Orbital CRS-3 cargo resupply mission is expected to dock with the International Space Station on the morning of November 2nd.

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9:22 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Delayed: Wallops' Launch of Terrier-Lynx

Wallops Flight Facility
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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$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
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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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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

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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
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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
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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. 

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