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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Two post-World War II bombs were uncovered during construction on a runway at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they were still intact.

Dover Air Force Base sent an ordnance disposal team who exploded the bombs last night.

Keith Kohler, a spokesman for the flight facility, said that the north end of the runway had been used by the Navy during the 1940’s and early 1950’s.

The paper reports that the new runway will be used for unmanned aerial vehicles. 


CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Navy is considering Wallops Island as its home base for the next generation of surveillance drones.

Media outlets report that business and government leaders gathered Tuesday in Chincoteague, as part of the Wallops Island Regional Alliance, to call upon the Navy to select the Wallops Flight Facility as the East Coast home base for the still-under-development MQ-4C Triton.

The new drones are intended to accomplish several tasks, including reconnaissance missions over ocean and coastal regions, without putting humans at risk.


The NASA has given its Sounding Rocket Operations Contract to Orbital ATK in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the contract is worth nearly $200 million and could stretch over five years.

The paper says that Orbital will take on responsibility for service and supplies for the Sounding Rocket Program.

Among the number of sites that will participate in the Sounding Rocket Program is Wallops Flight facility.


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The Obama administration has decided against offshore drilling along southeast coastal areas.

And the announcement was hailed by environmentalists as a major victory.

The Assateague Coastal Trust issued a statement in which they said this was the result of a major effort by the coastal communities to speak out against oil and natural gas development.

The Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that the decision would protect the sensitive areas while safely developing the nation’s energy resources.


Wallops Flight Facility has successfully launched the Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket containing Multiple User Suborbital Instrument Carrier.

Liftoff occurred at 9:50 a.m.

It reached 115 miles apogee before returning to earth.

Wallops officials say the payload is being recovered and that the data and analysis from the instruments look good.

It has been set to lift off last week, but was delayed because of weather conditions.


The launch of a sounding rocket from Wallops Flight facility has been postponed until next Monday Feb. 29th.           

The rocket carrying the Multiple User Suborbital Instrument Carrier had been expected to lift off on Monday of this week.

But due to inclement weather it was postponed again.

Originally, it was set to be launched last December but due to weather problems and vessels underneath the launch path it was delayed until this year.

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A sounding rocket is set to take off from Wallops Flight facility this morning between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. after the launch was scrubbed yesterday.

The payload consists of the several Wallops engineering projects as well as experiments from West Virginia University.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the test will confirm ionospheric and upper-atmospheric theories.

In addition, the tests will assess weather conditions in space.


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Another Wallops Flight Facility launch has been scrubbed due to poor weather conditions with the next backup date set for tomorrow.

The rocket payload is the Multiple User Suborbital Instrument Carrier that contains a number of engineering development projects and experiments from West Virginia University under a NASA undergraduate program.

It will be carried up into orbit by Terrier Improved Malemute sounding rocket.


Two Antares Rockets are expected to make trips to the International Space Station in 2016 from Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

The program has been on hold since a rocket exploded on the launch pad at the Wallops Flight Facility 15 months ago.  

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they will go up sometime this summer and fall.

Meanwhile, there will be another series of seven sounding rockets that will take off starting in February.

In addition, there will also be around a dozen balloon launches.


Fourteen months after a rocket explosion at Wallops Flight facility NASA says it’s ready for another launch.

The Antares rocket exploded just seconds after liftoff carrying supplies to the International Space Station.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Dale Nash, who is in charge of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, stood yesterday on the site where the explosion took place.

He told reporters that the facility had replaced anything that appeared to have been damaged by the heat or blast.

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It won’t be until next year before a suborbital rocket launches from Wallops Flight facility this year that was planned for this Saturday.

WBOC reports that the delay came after a problem was found during testing yesterday.

The Multiple Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket was to carry the Multiple User Suborbital Instrument Carrier.

The launch was already been delayed once after it was scheduled for December 4 when sea was deemed too rough for the recovery boat and crew.

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There are new NASA photos of the Antares rocket explosion at the Wallops Flight Facility last October.

They posted them on their Flickr account but there is no word on why they have been posted a year after the explosion.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the images were unveiled just shortly after the results of an investigation into the explosion which did not find a single cause.