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11:30 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Getting Ready for Another Space Mission at Wallops

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Preparations are underway at Wallops Island Flight facility to launch the next Orbital Sciences Corporation’s resupply mission to the International Space Station.

The mission will lift off no earlier than a few minutes after midnight on October 14th.

It is the third of eight cargo mission planned for the space station under the company’s contract with NASA.

The last mission took off in July without any problems as a summertime crowd gathered at the Flight Facility’s Visitor Center.

That mission took around 33-hundred pounds of cargo to the space station.

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7:55 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Antares Rocket Launch Delayed at Wallops

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The Antares rocket launch from the Wallops Island Flight facility was postponed yesterday for at least a week.

The reason: An Aerojet Rocketdyne engine for future use failed in testing.

The Orbital Sciences Corporation said that next launch window will be no earlier than June 17th.

It would be the second launch of eight planned commercial cargo flights to the International Space Station.

In the days ahead scientists will be looking at what caused the test failure of the rocket engine.

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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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8:37 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Orbital Sciences Gets Contract to Search for Exoplanets

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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.

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11:47 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Antares Next Liftoff Date: This Saturday

International Space Station
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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.

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