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The Wallops Flight Facility had a successful launch this week with the sounding rocket that went vapors into space to track the motion of particles more than a 100 miles above the earth's surface.

But the spaceport is gearing up for a set of more impressive launches -- the missions to resupply the International Space Station.

Kurt Eberly, vice president of Orbital ATK Antares, said there is a contract for a total of ten resupply missions.

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The eleventh time was a charm at Wallops Flight Facility.

At 4:25 this morning NASA launched its sounding rocket that will release vapor into the upper atmosphere to study the motion of particles in space.

The red and blue-and-green clouds could be visible along the mid-Atlantic coast from New York to North Carolina.

They are expected to reach more than a hundred miles in space.

The launch had been delayed 10 times before because of cloudy weather and rain.

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The new date for the launch of the sounding rocket at Wallops Flight Facility is now June 24th.

This will be the 10th attempt after previous missions were scrubbed because of weather conditions.

The area in recent weeks has been hit with high winds, thunderstorms and cloud cover.

If the sky is clear Wallops officials expect to make another try around just after 9 p.m. on Saturday.

The rocket will contain canisters that will release red and blue-and-green vapors that will form clouds over a 100 miles above the earth.

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The launch of a sounding rocket from Wallops Flight Facility was scrubbed against last night.

It had originally had been scheduled to liftoff on June 18th.

This is the 9th delay so far.

The rocket will send out canisters with that disperse red and blue-green vapors forming artificial clouds so scientists can track the motion of particles in space.

They will reach over a 100 miles above the earth’s surface.

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Yet another delay for the sounding rocket launch at Wallops Flight Facility yesterday.

It had originally been scheduled to liftoff on June 18th.

This is the 8th delay so far.

NASA officials will meet this afternoon for a weather briefing before making a decision on whether to attempt another launch.

The rocket will send out canisters with that disperse red and blue-green vapors forming artificial clouds so scientists can track the motion of particles in space.

They will reach over a 100 miles above the earth’s surface.

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It was a no-go against last night at the Wallops Flight Facility.

The launch of the sounding rocket was called off in the final minutes of the count down.

It is the 7th time that the mission has been scrubbed.

The mission would take about eight minutes sending up red and blue-green tracer clouds over a hundred miles above the earth’s surface.

Scientists need clear weather so they can track the vapors to study the motion of particles in space.

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The Sounding Rocket launch at Wallops Flight Facility has been canceled yet again due to cloud cover.

It was the sixth attempt and another is scheduled for this evening after 9 p.m.

The mission requires clear skies so that scientists can track the red and blue-green vapors that will be released over a 100 miles above the earth.

Scientists will use the vapers to track the motion of particles in space.

When dispersed they will be visible in the mid-Atlantic region from New York to North Carolina.

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There’s been another delay for the Sounding Rocket launch from Wallops Flight Facility.

It’s now scheduled for liftoff in the 9 o'clock hour this evening.

This will be the fifth attempt with the scrubbing of the mission on Sunday morning.

The takeoff should be visible in the mid-Atlantic region from New York to North Carolina.

The rocket will disperse red and blue-green clouds that to heights of over a 100 miles above the earth to track the motion of particles in space.        

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The Sounding Rocket expected to fire off into the skies from the Wallops Flight Facility is still on the launch pad.

It has been scheduled to take off early Sunday morning but it was once again postponed.

It has now been put off until June 11th.

NASA says clear skies are required for the experiment aboard the rocket.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the payload of 670 pounds contains canisters that will send blue-green and red vapor up over a 100 miles into the air.

The aim is to track the motion of particles in space.

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There’s been another delay for the launch of a Sounding Rocket from Wallops Flight Facility.

It has now been postponed for tomorrow morning at around 4:30 a.m.

The rocket will release blue-green and red vapors as high as 124 miles above the earth to track the motion of particles in space.

The experiment requires clear skies and was postponed by weather conditions.

The colorful clouds will be visible in the mid-Atlantic region from New York to North Carolina.

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The Sounding Rocket launch at the Wallops Flight Facility has been delayed until tomorrow morning due to weather conditions.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the cloud experiment requires clear skies for scientists to be able to see the red and blue-green vapors that will track the motion of particles in space.

The experiment is expected to be visible in the mid-Atlantic region from New York to North Carolina.

The launch is now set to take place in the 4 o’clock hour tomorrow morning.

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NASA is set to send a Sounding Rocket up early tomorrow morning lighting up the skies with luminescent clouds from the Wallops Flight Facility.

The launch is set for the 4 o’clock hour carrying ten canisters 6 to 12 miles high with a payload of around 670 pounds.

The canisters will release blue-green and red vapor tracers that will reach anywhere from 96 to 124 miles above the earth.

This will allow scientists to track particle motions in space.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's governor has helped launch a $5 million runway dedicated to drone research and development on the Eastern Shore.

The office of Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a press release Thursday that he also flew in an aircraft that can be piloted remotely.

The Daily Press reports that NASA Wallops Flight Facility says the governor wouldn't use the new runway, but on one of NASA's larger airstrips on its main base a few miles away. A pilot was aboard the plane as backup.

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NASA and local Chincoteague officials are monitoring the drinking water for a firefighting foam chemicals.

It was discovered in wells near a former fire training site at the Wallops Flight Facility.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that town manager Jim West said that there is a potential for contamination because the facility had been used for years.

The follow up tests of the wells found that chemicals known as PFAS were below levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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The Wallops flight facility will not be getting an important Navy drone program.

Instead it is going to the Naval Station Mayport near Jacksonville, Florida.

The decision comes despite efforts by local government and business leaders to who urged the Navy to bring the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft to Wallops.

Many local leaders noted that it would have brought some 400 jobs to the area boosting the local economy.

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The NASA Wallops Flight Facility is getting a little more breathing room at least for its experimental flights.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Federal Aviation Administration gave the green light to allow the facility to double the amount of its restrictive airspace.

But the paper reports that local pilots must be notified at 12 hours in advance of such flights among other concessions to the local area.

There have delays in test flights at the facility because of other aircraft in the area.

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A NASA research scientist’s death has been ruled a suicide.

48 year-old Tiffany Moisan’s body was found just behind a Food Lion along Route 13 in Princess Anne in June.

WBOC reports that her death appears to have been caused by the chemical Ethylene glycol that is used in anti-freeze.

Her vehicle was found in the store’s parking lot.

Keith Kohler with the NASA Wallops Flight Facility told the television station that she had been studying oceans and phytoplankton. 

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The Wallops Flight facility resumed its Antares rocket launches to resupply the International Space Station after a two year delay. In October of 2014 another Antares rocket carrying supplies in the Cygnus spacecraft exploded on the launch pad destroying the payload, the rocket and the launch pad. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at this week's launch and the brightening prospects for the Eastern Shore facility.

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The launch of the Antares rocket at Wallops Flight facility has been delayed again.

This time it is set for Sunday at 8:03 p.m.

This is the second time that the launch has been postponed this week.

This time it is because of Tropical Storm Nicole which is expected to strike Bermuda today.

The rocket will carry 5-thousand pounds of supplies to the International Space Station in the Cygnus spacecraft.

This would be the first launch of the Antares rocket since it exploded at Wallops two years ago.

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There’s been a delay for the launch of the Antares rocket that will send supplies to the International Space Station.

The Wallops Flight Facility says it is now scheduled for this Friday October 14th – one day later than originally planned.

It’s expected to lift off at 8:51 p.m.

WBOC reports there was a minor vehicle processing issue over the last few days along with the impact of Hurricane Matthew.

Officials say the scheduled launch is still tentative pending the pre-testing procedures and weather conditions.

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On October 13th the Wallops Flight facility is set to launch another resupply mission to the International Space Station.  

NASA and Wallops officials say they have successfully completed their pre-launch review of the Anteres rocket that will take the Cygnus spacecraft into orbit.

WBOC reports that people on the East Coast should be able to see the rocket when it is set to lift off at 9:13 p.m. depending on weather conditions.

This will be the first resupply mission at Wallops since a rocket exploded on the launch pad in October of 2014.

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Senator Barbara Mikulski announced that some $632-thousand in federal money will be going to the Visitor Center STEM in Action Project at Wallops Flight facility.

The Maryland Democrat said she hopes this grant will inspire a generation of space enthusiasts.

The money will go toward the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math areas of study.

WBOC reports that the program is a collaboration that includes the Virginia Space Flight Academy, the Wallops Education Team and the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation.

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The region’s governors have given their support for a Navy drone surveillance program to come to Wallops Flight Facility.

The letters from governors Larry Hogan of Maryland, Jack Markell of Delaware and Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, give some strong political support for the move.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Wallops Island Regional Alliance, a local trade group, hailed the letter of support.

Some 400 jobs would open up with the coming of the MQ-4C Triton drone program.

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It could get a little noisy for the next week if you are near the Wallops Flight Facility.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Navy is carrying out some flight training that will include the Navy’s E-2C/D and C-2A turboprop aircraft.

Around 150 personnel will be involved in the training exercise at its Accomack County facility.   

These will involve both navy pilots and civilian maintenance crews.

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A NASA rocket was successfully launched this morning at 6:06 a.m. from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket  carried student experiments.

On hand to watch the launch were more than 200 middle school, high school, community college and university students as part of Rocket Week at the flight facility.  

The rocket rose some 74 miles above the earth before coming down with a parachute in the Atlantic Ocean.

The next suborbital sounding rocket flight is set for mid-August.

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A firefighter with NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility was killed in a car crash yesterday morning near Stockton Maryland.  

Maryland State Police say it occurred around 3 a.m. when 26-yawer old Justin Lewis ran off the road on Route 12.

His car hit a tree and then overturned.

He was not wearing a seat belt.

The accident remains under investigation.

This is the second death to hit the rocket launching facility this week.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a NASA research scientist who worked at the Wallops Flight Facility has been found dead a day after her family reported her missing.
 
Police said the body of 48-year-old Tiffany Moisan of Princess Anne was found Sunday in a wooded area behind a Food Lion store. Moisan's family reported her missing Saturday to Maryland State Police.
 

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Wallops Flight Facility technicians have successfully completed the test firing of the engines of the new Antares rocket.

The test on the launch pad lasted around 30 second at 100% capacity.

WBOC reports that the new rockets are Russian made.

Designers decided to use them after the launch failure that led to an explosion on lift off for a mission that was to resupply the International Space Station.

The launch pad has been undergoing repairs for the last year and a-half at a cost of $15 million.

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The new upgraded Antares rocket is set to be unveiled at Wallops Flight Facility launch pad this week.

If the hot-fire testing of the rocket works out Orbital ATK expects a launch sometime in July.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this would be the first liftoff from Wallops since a resupply mission to the International Space Station exploded on the launch pad almost two years ago.

The paper reports that the explosion caused $15 million in damage to the launch pad.

NASA has contracted with both Orbital and SpaceX to bring supplies to the space station.

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Senator Barbara Mikulski marked a final chapter in her political career yesterday by a visit to NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility for which the Maryland Democrat has gotten more than $160 million in federal funds during the Obama years.  

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that she ended her address with a flourish similar to that of President Obama at last weekend’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner.

Urging that the force be with them Maryland’s senior senator dropped the microphone and put two fingers to her lips to say good-bye.

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