Wallops Island Flight Facility

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11:30 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Getting Ready for Another Space Mission at Wallops

Cygnus Spacecraft
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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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7:40 am
Tue August 26, 2014

NASA Rocket to Test New Method for Suborbital Missions

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This Thursday’s launch from the Wallops Island Flight Facility will be testing a new method for suborbital rocket missions with the Black Brant IX sounding rocket.

NASA says that the deployment method uses small rocket motors similar to those used in model rockets to eject the sub-payload from the main payload.

The two sub-payloads will use mixtures of barium and small amounts of lithium and strontium that will burn and form tracers to measure the wind in the region between the earth’s atmosphere and space.

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7:40 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Military Rocket Launches from Wallops Flight Facility

Wallops Island Flight Facility
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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A rocket for the Department of Defense has been launched from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility.

NASA says the Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket was launched at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The launch had been postponed several times.

NASA says in a news release that the next launch from Wallops is scheduled for Thursday. A NASA Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket will be launched for a technology demonstration.

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9:41 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Today's Rocket Launch Delayed Until August 16th at Wallops

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - The launch of a Defense Department rocket from Wallops Island has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The launch window for the Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket was originally set to open on Tuesday. NASA says the rocket will now launch no earlier than Saturday night.

A second rocket is expected to be launched about two weeks after the first rocket.

The rockets may be visible to residents in the mid-Atlantic region.

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8:45 am
Mon June 9, 2014

New Wallops Island Research Park Breaks Ground

Wallops Island Flight Facility
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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Officials are preparing to break ground for the Wallops Research Park on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and other state, federal and local officials will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for the research park on Monday.

The 226-acre park is located adjacent to NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility. It will serve companies engaged in the aerospace and defense industries.

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7:55 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Antares Rocket Launch Delayed at Wallops

Antares Rocket
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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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8:41 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Beach Replenishment for Wallops Flight Facility

Wallops Flight Facility
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$10.5 million has been awarded by the Army Corp of Engineers  to beef up the sand and dunes along NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility on the Virginia Eastern Shore.

The project calls for restoring 650-thousand cubic yards of sand along the shoreline of the launch center.

Hurricane Sandy destroyed sand, dunes and berm along the barrier island.

Bill Wrobel, director of the Wallops Flight Facility, told the Salisbury Daily Times that the project is absolutely vital to protect the more than $1 billion worth of assets.

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9:05 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Possible Trouble Ahead for NASA Funding Bill

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A Senate Subcommitee yesterday approved an $18 billion funding bill for NASA and comes just as NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility is getting ready to launch the Antares rocket that will help resupply the International Space Station.

The Senate bill provides money for projects ranging from a manned deep-space mission to Mars and the deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope to a joint venture with private companies to transport U.S. astronauts to the space station in the next few years.

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9:03 am
Mon July 15, 2013

September Launch Set For Space Station Resupply Rocket

Antares Rocket Launch
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The stage is set for a mid-September launch of an Antares rocket that will supply the International Space Station from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island.

The mission is the major goal in the agreement between Orbital Sciences and NASA.

The company has a contract for eight resupply missions under the Commercial Resupply Service program.

Wallops Island officials say that the two stages of the Antares rocket have been joined and are going through final testing.

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9:07 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Wallops Rocket Launch to Inspect First Galaxy

Andromeda Galaxy
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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A rocket set to be launched from Virginia's Wallops Island Flight Facility will study how the first galaxy was formed.

NASA says the Black Brant XII suborbital rocket carrying the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment - or CIBER - is scheduled to be launched June 4.

CIBER will study when the first stars and galaxies formed in the universe and how brightly they burned their nuclear fuel. CIBER principal investigator Jamie Bock says the experiment is of "fundamental importance to astrophysics."

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12:20 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Wallops Island: Failure to Launch

Talos-Terrier-Oriole Rocket, nasa.gov

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A problem in the payload has delayed the test flight of a suborbital sound rocking from NASA's Wallops Island Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The space agency says the problem would have interfered with transmission of data during the flight.

The launch was scheduled for Thursday morning. NASA says a new launch date hasn't been determined.

The three-stage vehicle's flight is meant to support high-altitude space science research.

12:14 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

NASA Delays Saturday Launch

There will be no rocket launch from Wallops Island Flight Facility tomorrow.

NASA managers have scrubbed the launch and it is being rescheduled no earlier than Sunday.

The agency is testing an inflatable heat shield technology.

The one day delay is to allow for additional testing of vehicle launch systems.

NASA has three consecutive days for a launch with a liftoff window from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The rocket will be visible to residents in the Wallops and southern Chesapeake Bay region.