NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility

Wallops Island Set for Defense Rocket Launch

Sep 26, 2014

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A Department of Defense rocket is scheduled to be launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore next month.

The launch of the Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket is scheduled for Oct. 1 between 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility.

October 12 is the backup launch day.

NASA says the rocket may be visible to residents in the Chesapeake Bay region.

The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops won't be open for viewing the launch. Real-time launch status updates won't be will be available.

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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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This week, Robin gets an update on the upcoming Antares rocket launch from Keith Koehler, NASA Public Affairs  Specialist. We also meet Miranda and Victoria, two Salisbury University students who are interns with NASA.

ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - A company contracted by NASA to deliver supplies to the International Space Station has successfully launched a rocket in a test of its ability to send a cargo ship aloft.

The unmanned Antares rocket blasted off Sunday from Wallops Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore. About 10 minutes after the launch, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles declared the test a success after observing a practice payload reach orbit and safely separate from the rocket.

The rocket stands 130 feet tall and 13 feet wide.

It’s twice the size of the Minotour.

It is the largest rocket ever to be launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

And the Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares it is set to go off tomorrow sometime after 5 pm.

For some students and teachers, this may be the chance of a lifetime.

Beginning Saturday, the NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility will hold its Rocket Academy for Teachers and Students (WRATS) and “RockOn!” workshop.

With feet planted safely on the ground, more than 100 college students and educators from around the country will get a peek into the life of a rocket scientist during the Flight Facilities’ “Rocket Week” June 16-22.