Wallops Flight Facility


July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the first men to set foot on the moon. On the Virginia Eastern Shore what is now the Wallops Flight Facility was acquired in 1959 and helped develop some of the capsules for the iniatial manned space program. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Keith Kohler with Wallops about the significance of the anniversary and the role of the facility.

Virginia Space

The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority unveiled a new payload processing facility.

CEO and Executive Director of the agency Dale Nash compared the facility to an operating room for the spaceport on Wallops Island.

WBOC reports that the site will be used to prepare satellites and other payloads for rocket launches.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam attended yesterday’s ribbon cutting ceremony telling those in attendance that the new facility will add to the economic diversity of the state’s Eastern Shore.


WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Federal authorities say an employee for a NASA contractor falsified pollution test results at a NASA facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Court documents filed Monday identified the now ex-employee as Monica Borowicz. The contractor wasn't named.

Borowicz had worked at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island.

The tests monitored Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen, or TKN, which is pollution associated with storm-water runoff and sewage. It contributes to algae blooms and depleted oxygen in waterways including the Chesapeake Bay.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A private cargo ship has arrived at the International Space Station with food galore, following a 1 1/2-day journey from Virginia.

Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsule pulled up early Friday morning. Space station astronaut Anne McClain used a robot arm to capture the capsule as they soared 250 miles (402.32 kilometers) above Earth.

Wallops Flight Facility

An Antares rocket is set to launch another resupply mission to the International Space Station. Delmarva Public Radio's Steve Plotkin has this preview.

Student Experiments

The cargo will include not only general equipment and supplies for the International Space Station but also student experiments which have a long history at the facility. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Wallops Flight Facility spokesman Keith Kohler about the flight.


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.


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.


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.


The NASA facility at Wallops is still in the process of planning to launch small satellites or CubeSats.

They’re used for small scale scientific exploration and will go up on designated commercial vehicles.

Wallops made the shortlist as one of four launch sites in part because the surrounding area is quiet and the facility already has the infrastructure.

It beat out Cape Canaveral, the Pacific Spaceport Complex—Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Officials are hoping to begin construction next year.


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.


There’s been another delay in the rocket launch from Wallops Flight Facility.

The mission to resupply the International Space Station is now scheduled for Saturday due to the rainy weather.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that each day the launched is moved 20 to 25 minutes earlier.

It had been set for 4:23 a.m. on Friday.

The probability for problems with the launch is 55 percent for tomorrow.

Officials said that drops to 5 percent on Saturday.  

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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.


A loud boom shook Salisbury yesterday afternoon.

Locals heard the sound at around 3:30 p.m.

They quickly turned to social media and found that posts from Seaford and Hurlock down to Princess Anne and Snow Hill.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Naval Air Station Patuxent River said they did not have any aircraft in the area.

None it added was authorized to go supersonic.

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility told the paper that they had heard nothing in Virginia.

A jet stream was seen right after the noise by a local resident.


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.


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.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The International Space Station has accepted delivery of more than 7,000 pounds of supplies from Virginia.

A commercial cargo ship arrived at the orbiting lab Thursday, three days after launching from Wallops Island.

Virginia-based Orbital ATK shipped the goods for NASA in a Cygnus capsule, which is named after the swan constellation. The space station's U.S. crew used a big robot arm to snag the Cygnus from orbit 250 miles up.

Wallops Flight Facility

It was liftoff time at Wallops Flight Facility as thousands gathered to witness the launch of the Orbital ATK Antares rocket this morning.

The time was 4:44 a.m.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that with a loud boom the rocket rose into the sky on its way to resupply the International Space Station.

It was carrying more than 3 tons of supplies as well as tiny satellites known as “CubeSats” which will be deployed after the Cygnus spacecraft leaves the space station on July 15th.

Inclement weather postponed the launch on Sunday.


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.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A load of supplies is headed to the International Space Station, this time from Virginia's eastern shore.

NASA's commercial shipper, Orbital ATK, launched the cargo ship Sunday morning from Wallops Island, aboard an unmanned Antares rocket.

The Cygnus capsule should reach the orbiting lab Tuesday. It's loaded with 7,400 pounds of cargo - including lots of ice cream and frozen fruit bars for the six station astronauts.

Wallops Flight Facility

Another resupply mission to the International Space Station is set to liftoff from the Wallops Flight facility tomorrow morning at around 7:30 a.m.

This will be the second resupply launch after the 2014 explosion on the launch pad.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Don Rush spoke with Keith Kohler with Wallops about tomorrow morning’s launch.


The Cygnus spacecraft set for liftoff on November 11th was on display yesterday at Wallops Flight Facility.

The launch will be the second for Orbital’s Antares rocket since the explosion that took place at Wallops.

WBOC reports that the mission to resupply the International Space Station is the 8th under Orbital’s contract with NASA.

Officials with the Antares Rocket Program said that the ability to contract out these mission saves significant money for the federal government.


The Wallops Flight Facility had a successful launch this week with the sounding rocket that went vapors into space to track the motion of particles more than a 100 miles above the earth's surface.

But the spaceport is gearing up for a set of more impressive launches -- the missions to resupply the International Space Station.

Kurt Eberly, vice president of Orbital ATK Antares, said there is a contract for a total of ten resupply missions.

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.

Wallps Flight Facility

The new date for the launch of the sounding rocket at Wallops Flight Facility is now June 24th.

This will be the 10th attempt after previous missions were scrubbed because of weather conditions.

The area in recent weeks has been hit with high winds, thunderstorms and cloud cover.

If the sky is clear Wallops officials expect to make another try around just after 9 p.m. on Saturday.

The rocket will contain canisters that will release red and blue-and-green vapors that will form clouds over a 100 miles above the earth.

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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.


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.

Wallops Flight Facility Website

It was a no-go against last night at the Wallops Flight Facility.

The launch of the sounding rocket was called off in the final minutes of the count down.

It is the 7th time that the mission has been scrubbed.

The mission would take about eight minutes sending up red and blue-green tracer clouds over a hundred miles above the earth’s surface.

Scientists need clear weather so they can track the vapors to study the motion of particles in space.