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Wallops Flight Facility

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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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NASA officials say they have not determined exactly why a rocket exploded a year ago at the Wallops Flight Facility.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the possibilities range from the bearings in a pump not being able to take the pressure and a defect in the turbine housing to foreign debris in the pump itself.

The Antares rocket was loaded with thousands of pounds of food and supplies bound for the International Space Station before it exploded 15 seconds after it was launched.

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NASA has put off the launch of a sounding rocket at Wallops Flight Facility from Tuesday to Wednesday.

The facilities officials blamed the delay on the recent storm that swept through the area from Hurricane Joaquin.

The mission is aimed at testing new equipment that would make the missions less risky and cheaper.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the flight was to test the Black Branch motor with two stages.

In addition, the paper says the mission will be testing a new fabricating method for the payload.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority says major repairs to a launch pad that was damaged when a rocket exploded shortly after liftoff last fall have been completed.

An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff from Wallops Island on Oct. 28.

The rocket explosion caused about $15 million in damage to the launch pad, which sits on a NASA facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

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The Salisbury-based Harkins Contracting Incorporated has been tapped to build a new Mission Launch Command Center at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

It will spread out over 14-thousand square feet becoming the central location for rocket control, their payloads and other support systems.

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The Wallops Flight Facility launched a Black Brant IX suborbital rocket this morning at around 6:15 a.m.
It carried two space technology demonstration projects from the SOAREX-8 Exo-Brake Flight test NASA’s from the Ames Research Center in California and the Radial Core Heat Spreader from NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio.

Officials said that data from both was received successfully.

The payload reached a height of 206 miles before falling back into the Atlantic Ocean.

None of it will be recovered.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA's Wallops Flight Facility is holding an open house for the public to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

The event will be held on Saturday. Wallops launched its first rocket on June 27, 1945.

Wallops director Bill Wrobel says in a news release that the facility wants to give the public a first-hand look at its diverse missions.

The scientific balloon lab and the sounding rocket payload facility are among the facilities that will be open.

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The Wallops Flight Facility will be carrying out a test of some newly formulated technology that could help in the exploration of space.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Rachel Taylor prepared this report.

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Those on the Virginia Eastern Shore could find themselves stranded by water according to a new study on sea level rise of one foot or more.

The survey done with the assistance of the Virginia Department of Transportation found that some areas where there are now roads could be flooded out between 2025 and 2050.

The study found that around 25 percent of the roads along with communities and their facilities could be hit by sea level rise.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that 80 percent of the roads affected by the flooding are located in Accomack County.

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The Wallops Flight facility is looking at the possibility of landing reusable booster rockets and manned spacecraft.

An environmental study is now underway that could lead to manned space flights coming to Accomack County.

Bruce Underwood, Wallops’ deputy director, told the Salisbury Daily Times that there are no plans at present to land spacecraft at the facility.

But he adds there have been several government agencies and private space companies that have expressed interest.

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The environmental impact report on the explosion of the Antares rocket at Wallops Flight Facility is in.

And, it found that some of the most serious occurred inside the 50 foot crater that saw ground water seep into the hole created by the rocket as it exploded 15 seconds after liftoff.

Around the site there was contamination from perchlorate which is used to make the rocket fuel.

That could pose a risk to the workers.

There were two recommendations.    

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA has scheduled a weekend launch of a rocket from its Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia.

NASA says the Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket will carry experiments developed by undergraduate students at Virginia Tech, the University of Colorado, Northwest Nazarene University, the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Nebraska.

The launch is scheduled for Saturday between 6:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

NASA had planned to launch the rocket in March but postponed the launch because of weather.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A rocket carrying student experiments is scheduled to be launched this week from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

NASA says the experiments were developed by undergraduate students at Virginia Tech, the University of Colorado, Northwest Nazarene University, the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Nebraska.

The NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket is scheduled to be launched on Friday between 6:45 a.m. and 10 a.m.

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