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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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8:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

No Fine Expected for Boat that Delayed Wallops Rocket Launch

Antares Rocket on Launch Pad for Resupply Mission to the International Space Station
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It’s unlikely that the boat which delayed the launch of the Antares rocket launch at the Wallops Flight Facility last Monday will be fined.

Just before the launch the mission was scrubbed because a 26-foot sail boat was inside the safety zone.

Orbital Sciences said that it is not possible to say how much the delay cost but the company said, “It would not have been cheap.”

The rocket was carrying Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft that carried 5-thousand pounds of supplies for the International Space Station.

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7:59 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Sadness & Support from Officials to Explosion at Wallops

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md)
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Reaction from elected officials to the rocket explosion at Wallops Island was one of sadness but also support for the private space venture.

Maryland’s Senior Senator Barbara Mikulski said that despite the disaster she remains a strong supporter of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.

She said she was thankful that no one was hurt this week and that the explosion reminds us that rocketry is still hard.

The Antares rocket was carrying 5-thousand pounds of cargo to resupply the International Space Station.

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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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8:21 am
Tue October 28, 2014

International Space Station Resupply Mission Scrubbed

Wallops Island Flight Facility Resupply Mission for International Space Station
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A space station delivery mission was called off Monday, just hours after the orbiting lab had to sidestep a piece of treacherous junk.

Orbital Sciences Corp. got to within the 10-minute mark for the Virginia launch of its unmanned Cygnus capsule. But a sailboat ended up in the restricted danger zone, and controllers halted the evening countdown.

The Virginia-based company will try again Tuesday evening.

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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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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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8:36 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Wallops Facility Restores Shoreline After Hurricane Sandy

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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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2:20 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

International Space Station Resupply Mission Delayed

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The International Space Station resupply mission has been delayed another day.

It’s now scheduled for Sunday July 13th cancelling the Saturday launch.

Severe weather in the area of the Wallops Flight Facility has repeatedly hampered the launch of the Cygnus spacecraft.

The vehicle will carry around 33-hundred pounds of supplies including science experiments, crew provisions, spare parts and experiment hardware.

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11:51 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Wallops Rocket Launch Postponed Until Saturday

International Space Station
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There will be no rocket launch tomorrow at Wallops Flight Facility.

Orbital Sciences has rescheduled the flight for its Cygnus space craft for Saturday because of bad weather.

NASA spokesmen Keith Koehler says the mission to the International Space Station will take place around 1 p.m. on Saturday.        

The Cygnus holds around 33-hundred pounds of supplies for the station.

This includes science experiments, crew provisions, spare parts and experiment hardware.

Upon launch the Antares rocket is expected to be seen by much of the East Coast.

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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

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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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8:46 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Wallops Flight Facility, Future "Aerospace Capital"

Antares Launch at Wallops Flight Facility
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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe predicted the Wallops Island region will become the aerospace capital of the globe.

He was speaking at a ground breaking ceremony for $8 million improvements at Wallops Research Park next the flight facility that is currently involved in resupply shipments to the International Space Station.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the research center improvements include a 1-thousand-foot taxiway that will connect the 200-acre park to the runways at the NASA Flight Facility.

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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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12:01 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Manned Flights From Wallop's Flight Facility?

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Could we see astronauts being launched from nearby Wallops Island Flight Facility?

That’s what the Las Vegas based company Bigelow Aerospace wants to do.

Mike Gold, director of DC Operations and Business Growth told WBOC, that his company is hoping to make such a proposal to NASA that would including launching people from Virginia’s Eastern Shore. 

This would require some upgrades which would mean construction jobs for the area.

The company builds what are called space habitats.

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9:33 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Cygnus Off Loads Trash From International Space Station

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The International Space Station has one less capsule and a lot less trash.

A commercial cargo ship ended its five-week visit Tuesday morning. NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins used the space station's big robot arm to release the capsule, called Cygnus.

Cygnus is filled with garbage and will burn up when it plunges through the atmosphere Wednesday.

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9:38 am
Tue January 14, 2014

NASA Delays Launch at 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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9:28 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Cygnus Rocket Launch This Afternoon From Wallops

Wallops Flight Facility Set For Resupply of International Space Station
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NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility is set to launch the Orbital-1 cargo resupply rocket to the International Space Station this afternoon just after 1 p.m.

After being delayed earlier this week NASA officials say that the weather looks good for a successfully launch.

A Thursday launch would allow the Cygnus spacecraft to arrive at the International Space Station early Sunday with more than 27-hundred pounds of supplies for the crew members.

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8:56 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Wallops Flight Facility Sends Nearly 30 Small Satellites Into Orbit

Minotaur Rocket blasts off from Wallops Flight Facility with student built satellites on board.
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At Wallops Flight Facility a Minotaur rocket lifted off the launch pad last night carrying 29 tiny satellites into space.

13 of them were built by college and high school students from across the country.

Ian Maloney and his classmates at the Naval Academy told WBOC that never in his wildest dreams did he believe he would be doing something like this.

He said that the satellite is to provide students at the Naval Academy with telemetry.

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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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8:38 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Navy Begins Carrier Simulation Flights over Wallops Flight Facility

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The Monday morning sky over Wallops Flight Facility was filled with Navy carrier practice flights under an agreement that allows for up to 20-thousand flight passes annually.

A Navy pilot is able to simulate as closely as possible a landing on an air craft carrier at sea.

But WBOC reports that some neighbors say they’re concerned about these flights.

Vicki Stevens, who lives in Horntown, told the station said while she supports the military with her husband being a Vietnam veteran but adding 16-thousand additional flights is “a big number.”

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9:58 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Wallops Flight Facility Aids Study of Ice Melt Around Greenland

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A NASA campaign being launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore is helping improve the understanding of seasonal ice melt around Greenland.

The space agency says a NASA's C-130 research aircraft flew from the Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island this week to Greenland to conduct surveys. Flights are scheduled to continue through Nov. 16.

The data they collect will provide baseline measurements for future satellite missions. The land and sea ice information also will give researchers a more comprehensive view of seasonal changes.

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9:02 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Cygnus Mission to International Space Station Declared Success

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Officials at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility declared the Cygnus space module resupply mission to the International Space Station a success.

The spacecraft re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere early yesterday afternoon and Orbital Sciences is now preparing to get into the heart of its contract with the space agency.

The next Cygnus space module is now on its way to Wallops with a launched date for mid-December.

Orbital Sciences spokesman Barry Benseki told WBOC that there will be at least eight such launches over the next three years from Wallops. 

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9:14 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Government Shutdown Hits Delmarva (Update)

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
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The government shutdown has closed the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia and the Coastal Delaware National Wildlife Refuge Complex until further notice.

U.S. Fish and & Wildlife Service officials said that only those activities that are necessary for an emergency or to protect human life or property would be staffed.

WBOC reports that Public access will also be barred and wildlife management activities and public programs were canceled.

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8:43 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Cygnus Spacecraft Docks With International Space Station

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The Cygnus has successfully docked with the International Space Station.

The spacecraft was launched on top of an Antares rocket September 18th.

The unmanned craft is owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation and reached its destination on Sunday.

With the smooth hook up the firm is only the second company to accomplish such a resupply feat.

The California-based SpaceX Company took the lead last year.

WBOC reports that with the successful docking Orbital Sciences can begin making good on its nearly $2 billion contract with NASA for more Cygnus deliveries.

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9:52 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Antares Rocket Lifts Off at Wallops Flight Facility

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The Antares rocket lifted off from the Wallops Flight Facility just before 11 a.m. this morning.

The Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket is taking the Cygnus Spacecraft on its first resupply mission to the International Space Station.

The two stage Antares is 133 feet tall and is the second major launch in less than two weeks with the Moon mission earlier this month.

Liftoff yesterday was postponed by bad weather.

Space Station Arrival

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9:40 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Mikulski on Navy Yard Shooting and Wallops Rocket Launch

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md)
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Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md) says it is now time to look at the issue of mental illness and military security, in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting that killed 12 victims and left the alleged shooter dead. Delmarva Public Radio spoke with the Maryland Democrat about the tragedy in a week that saw Wallops Island Flight facility gear up for another rocket launch.

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8:58 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Antares Rocket Prepares for Mission to International Space Station

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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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