NASA

nasa.gov

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Young space enthusiasts in Virginia will be able to chat live with NASA astronaut Christina Koch about what it's like to live in space.

The Slover Library in Norfolk will be the host site for a live downlink event from the International Space Station on Aug. 9. Koch is set to be in space for 328 days, setting the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.

Approximately 200 students will at the library to ask Koch questions.

nasa.gov

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Officials say the next launch from Virginia's spaceport to the International Space Station will help with more than 40 scientific investigations including into Alzheimer's, hearts, atmospheric carbon dioxide and free-flying robots.

News outlets report Northrop Grumman's commercial resupply mission for NASA will lift off Wednesday afternoon from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. A rocket will take an unmanned spacecraft with about 7,500 pounds of payload (3,400 kilograms) to the ISS.

nasa.gov

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Three small satellites that were developed at public universities in Virginia will be lifting off into space next month.

Old Dominion University in Norfolk said in a press release that the satellites will be aboard Northrop Grumman's Antares launch to the International Space Station. Liftoff is scheduled for April 17 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

creative commons

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The federal government shutdown has prompted Virginia's second-largest city to offer help to furloughed federal employees.

The city of Norfolk said in a statement Friday that it's offering assistance through payment plans on property taxes, water bills and city parking fees.

The assistance is being offered to people who work for various federal departments. Those include the Department of Interior and the Department of Homeland Security. The latter employs U.S. Coast Guard members and TSA agents who are working without pay.

NASA

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A NASA official who oversaw a nearly $200 million contract at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia has pleaded guilty to receiving kickbacks and stealing government funds.

News outlets report 53-year-old Steven Kremer pleaded guilty Tuesday to the $37,000 scheme on Tuesday, after resigning in May.

NASA

The International Space Station resupply rocket launched from Wallops Flight Facility has reached its destination.

(AP) The rocket blasted off from Virginia with space station supplies, the second shipment in two days.

Northrop Grumman launched its Antares rocket from Wallops Island before dawn Saturday. The Russian Space Agency launched its own load of supplies to the International Space Station on Friday, just 15 hours earlier.

Wallops Flight Facility

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - An unmanned cargo rocket is scheduled to blast off this week from Virginia's coast to the International Space Station.

The Daily Press reports that the launch is scheduled for shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday at the spaceport on Wallops Island along the Eastern Shore. The unmanned Cygnus cargo craft will carry 7,500 pounds of groceries, hardware and research.

nasa.gov

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A California-based startup says it will rocket small satellites into orbit from Virginia.

Rocket Lab said Wednesday that it will build its launch pad at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. The spaceport is located at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility where unmanned cargo missions already launch to the International Space Station.

Huntington Beach, California-based Rocket Lab's endeavor reflects increasing demand from companies and governments alike to use small satellites. They're used to gather images of earth and track anything from ships to weather.

Wallops Flight Facility

The Wallops Flight Facility saw a third successful parachute test for a mission to Mars.

It was conducted from a Terrier-Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket.

WBOC reports that the launch on Friday lifted the 58-foot rocket into the air at around 9:30 a.m.

It carried the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment created by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California.

nasa.gov

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - A NASA official says there's no threat of closure for the agency's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The Daily Times of Salisbury, Maryland, reported Friday that concerns have grown over the facility's future. NASA recently launched a study to increase "efficiencies" between Wallops and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

official photos

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Senate may award a Congressional Gold Medal to the women portrayed in the 2016 film "Hidden Figures."

The Daily Press reported Wednesday that the award would go to Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, and posthumously to Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan.

The women crunched numbers at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton during the early days of the U.S. space program.

nasa.gov

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - High school students in Virginia got to learn about the challenges of life in microgravity directly from an American astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

Astronaut Drew Feustel spoke to students visiting NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore on Thursday using a video link. It's part of an effort to boost interest in science, technology and math.

NASA

A weekend rocket launch from Wallops Flight Facility successfully tested a parachute that may one day be deployed on Mars.

Lift off occurred at 12:19 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

It originally had been scheduled for March 27th but was delayed without explanation.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the payload was expected to reach 32 miles above the earth and to stay in flight for around 2 minutes.

It contained a test parachute that included instrumentation such as cameras to record the data.

Wallops Flight Facility

Four University projects were lifted off into space yesterday.

They were aboard a sounding rocket that was launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they lifted off at 6:51 in the morning with the rocket reaching an altitude 107 miles above the ground.

The paper reports that the cargo included propulsion systems for small spacecraft and a small re-entry spacecraft.

The two other projects included new wire insulation and a deployable boom and solar blanket for small satellites.

Don Rush

The government shutdown will have its effects on Delmarva.

Officials at the Assateague Island National Seashore told the Salisbury Daily Times that the park will remain accessible as possible.

The visitors center will be closed but the rest of the park should remain open unlike the shutdown of 2013.

Meanwhile, at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in southern Dorchester park officials planned to allow the Wildlife Drive for photographers to open unless ordered closed.

Wallops Flight Facility

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.

NASA logo

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.

nasa.gov

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.

NASA

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.

nasa.gov

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.

Don Rush

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.

nasa.gov

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.

linkedin

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. 

Wallops Flight Facility

The Antares rocket resupply mission to the International Space Station is set to take place tonight after its Sunday launch was scrubbed.

The rocket is expected to take off at 7:40 p.m.

WBOC reports that NASA officials say that a ground support equipment cable did not check out during the pre-launch count down.

The rocket had been scheduled to get off the ground last week but was delayed by Hurricane Matthew.

The rocket’s Cygnus Space Craft will be carrying 5-thousand pounds of supplies to the International Space Station.

Wallops Flight Facility

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.

Wallops Flight Facility

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.

N

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - NASA says it's simulating a splashdown of its Orion spacecraft, this time with crash test dummies, as it prepares to eventually send humans to Mars. 

A pendulum will swing a test capsule into a pool of water at NASA's Langley facility on Thursday. Inside will be dummies in spacesuits that represent a 105-pound woman and a 220-pound man. 

The agency will evaluate the effects of landing at different velocities and in various conditions. For instance, one of its parachutes could fail as it returns from space or it could hit rough seas. 

nasa.gov

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - NASA says the commercial space company Orbital ATK will send a resupply rocket to the International Space Station around Aug. 22. The launch will be the firm's first from Virginia since a 2014 mishap that destroyed a NASA payload and damaged Virginia's state-owned launch pad.

NASA announced the tentative launch date Thursday, saying the unmanned spacecraft will carry supplies and vehicle hardware to the space station's crew.

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.

creative commons

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.
 

Pages