NASA Wallops Flight Facility

If you want to get a good look at this month’s super lunar eclipse the NASA Wallops Flight Facility is offering to give the public a chance to see the celestial event.

In conjunction with the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation the space port will host a viewing of this rare event on Sunday September 27.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it will be held at the Center’s Auditorium at around 8 p.m. with telescopes and binoculars to view the eclipse starting at 9:30 p.m.


There’s a new report by NASA’s Inspector General’s office on the Antares rocket project to send Orbital Science’s resupply mission to the International Space Station.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the study found the first two launches for December and March from Cape Canaveral will be combined with another company’s payload.

The paper says that the report says it is not clear how they will work together.

In addition, the Daily Times reports that two launches at Wallops in 2016 will carry more supplies to eliminate one of the planned flights.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA says the incorrect installation of equipment caused the launch of a sounding rocket on Virginia's Eastern Shore to end prematurely.
The agency said Monday that an investigation shows the failure of the July 2014 launch was linked to the installation process for the second stage igniter.
The Terrier-Improved Malemute ended its flight about 19 seconds after it was launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility when a flight anomaly was detected.


Hurricane Gonzalo coming up from the south could affect the October 27th launch of the Orb-3 CRS Mission rocket launch if the storm heads north into the Atlantic.

NASA officials at Wallops Flight Facility say that before giving the go ahead to the launch a team must first assess the situation from their weather station in Bermuda.

Steve Kremer, Chief of the Wallops Range and Mission Management office, told WBOC that Wallops relies on the Bermuda tracking systems to communicate with the Antares rocket during the flight as well as to ensure public safety.  

Delayed: Wallops' Launch of Terrier-Lynx

Oct 1, 2014

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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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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The Orbital Science’s rocket is on its way to the International Space Station after lifting off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility yesterday afternoon.

The Cygnus spacecraft is packed with 3-thousand pounds of equipment and experiments provided by NASA as well as food and other supplies.

The spacecraft is expected to dock with the space station sometime on Sunday.

The rocket launch was delayed three times – most recently because of a strong solar storm.


Another day another rocket launch at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

The next one is scheduled for November 19th with a military satellite aboard an Orbital Sciences Corporation Minotaur I rocket.

The Air Force Operationally Responsive Space Office’s OARS-3 Enabler mission will be tested for the launch and range improvements for NASA and the military.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that NASA says this includes an automated trajectory targeting, range safety planning and flight termination systems. 

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More missions are on tap for NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in the wake of the successful launches of the moon exploration mission and the Cygnus spacecraft that will ship supplies to the International Space Station.

Dale Nash, the executive Director of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, told WBOC that Wallops had now become a major player in orbital launch and even planetary missions.

With a quick 30 day turnaround, he said, that demonstrated that such launches can be done quickly.

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Friday Launch

It was a historic weekend for NASA’s Flight Facility on Wallops Island.

Around 15-hundred visitors watched the first lunar launch last Friday from the Virginia facility.

Thousands more saw the rocket take flight from Maine to the Carolinas…with spectacular shot streaking across the sky above New York.

But the rocket immediately ran into some equipment problems.

By Saturday NASA officials said the rocket was still on track for the moon saying that the troubles would be worked out over the next two or three weeks.

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It’s a go for liftoff tonight at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility for the first moon mission to be launched from Virginia.

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environmental Explorer will be carried aloft by a five-stage Minotaur V rocket.

At 11:27 p.m. there will be a four minute launch window with alternate dates running through September 10th.

NASA Wallops Flight Facility officials say there is a 95 percent chance for good weather.

14-hundred VIP guests are expected to be in Chincoteague to view the launch.

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DULLES, Va. (AP) - Space technology company Orbital Sciences Corp. has been selected to develop a new astrophysics satellite for NASA under a four-year, $75 million contract.

The Dulles based company says it will design, manufacture and test the satellite that will perform a full-sky search for exoplanets around nearby stars. 

The work is being done as part of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite program. A launch is planned for mid-2017.

It will not be until Saturday before the two-stage Antares rocket lifts off the launch pad at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

Orbital Sciences Corporation had planned to send the rocket into space on Wednesday.

But there was glitch just 12 minutes before launch.

The rocket will be carrying a dummy cargo as it prepares for eventually supplying the International Space Station.

The NASA Wallops Flight Facility is set for another suborbital rocket launch this Thursday.

It will give students hands-on experience in designing, building, testing and carrying out four experiments.

The RockSat-X is a joint effort by NASA and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

The experiments range from an analysis of atmospheric particles by students at the University of Puerto Rico to measuring nitric oxide and atmospheric dust by students from Virginia Tech and Baylor universities.