NASA http://publicradiodelmarva.net en Wallops Flight Facility Launches Study of Polar Ice http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/wallops-flight-facility-launches-study-polar-ice <p>WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A NASA campaign launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore is helping improve the understanding of changes to polar ice.</p><p>The space agency says researchers aboard NASA's P-3 research aircraft left from the Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island this week to go to Greenland to conduct surveys.</p><p>The mission is known as Operation IceBridge. Researchers will gather data on changes to polar ice and maintain continuity of measurements for NASA satellite missions.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:49:13 +0000 Don Rush 50748 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Wallops Flight Facility Launches Study of Polar Ice Beach Replenishment for Wallops Flight Facility http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/beach-replenishment-wallops-flight-facility <p>$10.5 million has been awarded by the Army Corp of Engineers &nbsp;to beef up the sand and dunes along NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility on the Virginia Eastern Shore.</p><p>The project calls for restoring 650-thousand cubic yards of sand along the shoreline of the launch center.</p><p>Hurricane Sandy destroyed sand, dunes and berm along the barrier island.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:41:49 +0000 Don Rush 48802 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Beach Replenishment for Wallops Flight Facility NASA Delays Launch at Wallops Flight Facility http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/nasa-delays-launch-wallops-flight-facility <p>Due to the rainy weather the NASA Wallops flight facility has postponed the launch of three suborbital rockets.</p><p>The Terrier-Orion rockets were set to take off for the Defense Department this morning.</p><p>But NASA has put off the launch until Wednesday morning between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.</p><p>NASA says the rockets will take off within a 20-second period.</p><p>Residents as far as Southern New Jersey may be able to see the rockets lift off.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:38:03 +0000 Don Rush 47655 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net NASA Delays Launch at Wallops Flight Facility Rocket Launch Tonight at Wallops Flight Facility http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/rocket-launch-tonight-wallops-flight-facility <p>A rocket launch is set for 7:30 this evening from the Wallops Flight Facility when the Air Force and NASA will attempt to put 29 tiny satellites into orbit.</p><p>The launch is expected to be seen by much of the East Coast.</p><p>Orbital Sciences Corporation rocket will carry an ordinary smartphone that has been converted by NASA and another built by students at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia.</p><p>WBOC reports that the backup date is November 26<sup>th</sup>.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:58:49 +0000 Don Rush 44949 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Rocket Launch Tonight at Wallops Flight Facility Antares Rocket Prepares for Mission to International Space Station http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/antares-rocket-prepares-mission-international-space-station <p>The Wallops Island flight facility is set for another rocket launch.</p><p>Tomorrow an Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is expected to take the Cygnus spacecraft on its first mission to the International Space Station.</p><p>The 133-foot-tall, two-stage Antares rocket will be launched at 10-50 a.m. tomorrow with a 15-minute window.</p><p>It had originally been set for lift off today but was postponed because of bad weather.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:58:51 +0000 Don Rush 41283 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Antares Rocket Prepares for Mission to International Space Station Successful Launch at Wallops Flight Facility http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/successful-launch-wallops-flight-facility <p>A NASA MalemuteTerrier-Improved suborbital rocket lifted off this morning from Wallops Flight Facility this morning carrying experiment developed by university students from across the nation.</p><p>The experiments were developed through the RockSat-X program conducted with the Colorado Space Grant Constortium.</p><p>There were around 40 students and instructors on hand for the launch this morning.</p><p>The launch was dedicated to Brad Mason, a recent graduate from Crisfield High School who had been an intern at Wallops, and died in a crash earlier this summer.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:29:16 +0000 Don Rush 39346 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Successful Launch at Wallops Flight Facility Wallops Prepares for Moon Mission Launch http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/wallops-prepares-moon-mission-launch <p>With thousands expected to flock to Wallops Island for the September moon mission launch local officials are scrambling to accommodate them.</p><p>The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer is set to lift off aboard a Minotaur V rocket on September 6<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>That launch window extends through September 10<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>It’s the first deep space mission to be launched from Wallops.</p><p>The southern part of the Assateague Beach from the access road south will be closed to take into account any falling debris.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:36:26 +0000 Don Rush 39010 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Wallops Prepares for Moon Mission Launch Possible Trouble Ahead for NASA Funding Bill http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/possible-trouble-ahead-nasa-funding-bill <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:05:38 +0000 Don Rush 37844 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Possible Trouble Ahead for NASA Funding Bill Mission to Mars http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/mission-mars <p>At least one Maryland Congressional member has her sights set on Mars.</p><p>Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.</p><p></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 13:07:19 +0000 Don Rush 37360 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Mission to Mars Successful Launch of Galaxy Study Rocket at Wallops http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/successful-launch-galaxy-study-rocket-wallops <p>At 11:05 pm last night a Black Brant XII suborbital rocket successfully launched the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.</p><p>The Experiment will study the first stars and galaxies and how they were formed in the universe.</p><p>The rocket lifted the payload to an altitude of around 358 miles above the Atlantic Ocean.</p><p>The height will allow a longer observation time for the instruments.</p><p>The payload will eventually splash down into the Atlantic Ocean more than 400 miles from the Virginia Coast but will not be recovered.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:32:17 +0000 Don Rush 35536 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Successful Launch of Galaxy Study Rocket at Wallops Briefing at Wollops on NASA Noose Incident http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/briefing-wollops-nasa-noose-incident <p></p><p>ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - Wallops Flight Facility employees will be briefed on NASA's investigation into the discovery of a noose at one of the Virginia center's buildings.</p><p>Chris Scolese, director of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will discuss the findings with Wallops employees Thursday.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:00:44 +0000 Don Rush 31826 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Briefing at Wollops on NASA Noose Incident NASA Rocket Launched From Wallops Flight Facility http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/nasa-rocket-launched-wallops-flight-facility <P>WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA successfully launched four university experiments this morning on a Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket from the agency’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.</P> <P>Launched at 7:16:30 a.m. EDT, the rocket lofted the experiments to an altitude of 95.4 miles.&nbsp;</P> <P>The first flight of a Talos-Terrier-Oriole rocket is scheduled Saturday morning. The rocket is being developed to support high altitude space science research. Sunday is the backup launch day. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:40:04 +0000 Don Rush 21493 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net NASA Rocket Launched From Wallops Flight Facility Rocket Launch at Wallops Flight Facility http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/rocket-launch-wallops-flight-facility <P>WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA has launched a suborbital rocket for the Department of Defense from its Wallops Island Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.</P> <P>NASA says the Terrier-Lynx rocket was launched Tuesday evening.</P> <P>The space agency plans to launch a second Terrier-Lynx rocket on Saturday night. The rocket could be visible to residents in the Mid-Atlantic.&nbsp;</P> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:34:11 +0000 Don Rush 20896 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Rocket Launch at Wallops Flight Facility Weather Aircraft Uses NASA Wallops Flight Facility http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/weather-aircraft-uses-nasa-wallops-flight-facility <P>WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:59:00 +0000 Don Rush 20730 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Weather Aircraft Uses NASA Wallops Flight Facility Wallops Island: Failure to Launch http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/wallops-island-failure-launch <P>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.</P> <P>The space agency says the problem would have interfered with transmission of data during the flight.</P> <P>The launch was scheduled for Thursday morning. NASA says a new launch date hasn't been determined.</P> <P>The three-stage vehicle's flight is meant to support high-altitude space science research.</P> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 16:20:11 +0000 Don Rush 20498 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Wallops Island: Failure to Launch NASA Delays Rocket Launch Until Thursday http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/nasa-delays-rocket-launch-until-thursday <P>WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA is planning a test flight of a suborbital sounding rocket from its Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.</P> <P>The space agency says the test flight was set for Wednesday morning, but was postponed until Thursday morning to allow additional testing of the payload.</P> <P>It will be the first flight of the Talos-Terrier-Oriole launch vehicle meant to support high-altitude space science research.</P> <P>Officials say the three-stage vehicle is expected to lift its 1,664-pound payload to about 175 miles above Earth. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 14:07:08 +0000 Don Rush 20409 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net NASA Delays Rocket Launch Until Thursday NASA Launch Scrubbed at Wallops Island Flight Facility http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/nasa-launch-scrubbed-wallops-island-flight-facility <P>This morning NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility scrubbed a suborbital sounding rocket launch that carries experiments by students from four universities, because of the presence of boats in the Atlantic Ocean.</P> <P>NASA says the four university experiments are designed by students under the RockSat X program that allows them to experience designing, building, testing projects in space flight.</P> <P>The rocket will soar to a height of 98 miles.</P> <P>The flight will last 15 minutes with the payload splashing down around 65 miles off the Virginia coast.</P> <P>The schools participating ar Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:07:38 +0000 Don Rush 19614 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net NASA Launch Scrubbed at Wallops Island Flight Facility Senator Tom Carper At NASA Spacesuit Company http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/senator-tom-carper-nasa-spacesuit-company <P>FREDERICA, Del. (AP) - Delaware Sen. Tom Carper says he will tour a Frederica company that makes space suits for NASA.</P> <P>Carper says he will visit ILC Dover on Monday to see how a state partnership has helped the company. The Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership is a non-profit economic development organization that helps Delaware manufacturers and small businesses.</P> <P>In addition to NASA space suits, ILC makes blimps for advertising and military surveillance, high tech inflatable devices, gas masks for military and civilian use and other products.</P> <P></P> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:54:50 +0000 Don Rush 19296 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net NASA Delays Saturday Launch http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/nasa-delays-saturday-launch <p>There will be no rocket launch from Wallops Island Flight Facility tomorrow.</p><p>NASA managers have scrubbed the launch and it is being rescheduled no earlier than Sunday.</p><p>The agency is testing an inflatable heat shield technology.</p><p>The one day delay is to allow for additional testing of vehicle launch systems.</p><p>NASA has three consecutive days for a launch with a liftoff window from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.</p><p>The rocket will be visible to residents in the Wallops and southern Chesapeake Bay region.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:14:59 +0000 Don Rush 17173 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Rocket Launch at Wallops Island Flight Facility http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/rocket-launch-wallops-island-flight-facility <p>A special rocket launch lifted off this at 6:39 a.m. this morning from the Wallops Island Flight Facility with 17 education experiments on board.</p><p>The sub-orbital Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket is carrying experiments built by university instructors and students from across the country through programs conducted with the Colorado and Virginia and Space Grant Consortia.</p><p>The programs are designed to give participants an introduction to building small experiments that can be found on sounding rockets.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:45:42 +0000 Don Rush 15343 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Rocket Launch at Wallops Island Flight Facility NASA To Help Track Migtratory Birds in Delmarva Region http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/nasa-help-track-migtratory-birds-delmarva-region <p>&nbsp;OYSTER, Va. (AP) - The nation&#39;s space agency and The Nature&nbsp;Conservancy are teaming up to further understanding of migratory bird habitats on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.</p><p>NASA and the conservation group have signed an agreement that will provide a base for&nbsp;the agency&#39;s precipitation science programs and at the same time study those migratory patterns.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:29:10 +0000 Don Rush 14639 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net NASA Research Rocket Finally Launched from Wallops Facility http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/nasa-research-rocket-finally-launched-wallops-facility <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - After several delays, NASA has launched five rockets from Virginia that are part of a study of the upper level jet stream.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The rockets began blasting off just before 5 a.m. Tuesday from NASA&#39;s space center on Wallops Island. Bad weather had postponed other planned launches last week.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will help&nbsp;scientists understand the jet stream, which is located 60 to 65&nbsp;miles above Earth&#39;s surface.</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:44:13 +0000 Don Rush 10300 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net No NASA Rocket Launch at Wallops Sooner than Sunday http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/no-nasa-rocket-launch-wallops-sooner-sunday <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - The launch of five suborbital rockets from Virginia&#39;s coast is being rescheduled again.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; NASA had planned to launch the rockets early Friday, following&nbsp;several earlier postponements due to bad weather. Cloudy skies at three viewing sites in Virginia, New Jersey and North Carolina forced the agency to postpone the launch. The launch requires clear skies</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; NASA says it will decide Friday afternoon whether to attempt the launch Sunday morning.</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:14:43 +0000 Don Rush 10102 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Another Delay for Wallops Rocket Launch http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/another-delay-wallops-rocket-launch <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - NASA is again rescheduling the launch of five rockets from Virginia due to bad weather.&nbsp; The rockets are part of a study of the jet stream.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The launch had been set for Thursday at NASA&#39;s space center on Wallops Island but has now been pushed back to early Friday. Bad weather has postponed the launch several times.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 12:27:14 +0000 Don Rush 10009 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Wallops NASA Rocket Launch Delayed Again http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/wallops-nasa-rocket-launch-delayed-again <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - Bad weather has prompted NASA to reschedule the launch of five rockets from its Wallops Facility in Virginia.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The rockers are part of a study of the upper-level jet stream.&nbsp; The launch had been set for Wednesday morning but has now been pushed back to early Thursday. Bad weather has postponed the launch several days.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 13:16:30 +0000 Don Rush 9948 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Wednesday is Latest Launch Date for NASA Rocket at Wallops Flight Facility http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/wednesday-latest-launch-date-nasa-rocket-wallops-flight-facility <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;It won&rsquo;t be until Wednesday morning before the launch of five NASA sounding rockets from Wallops flight facility.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The countdown is set begin at 7 pm tonight.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The launch was delayed in recent days because of possible bad weather.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 13:14:50 +0000 Don Rush 9882 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Rocket Launch at Wallops May Be Tuesday http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/rocket-launch-wallops-may-be-tuesday <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - NASA has rescheduled the launch of five rockets from the Wallops Facility in Virginia as part of a study of the upper-level jet stream.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The space agency says that it has pushed back&nbsp;its scheduled launch to no earlier than&nbsp;Tuesday night because of bad weather.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will help scientists understand the process responsible for the high-altitude jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above Earth&#39;s surface.</p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:48:37 +0000 Don Rush 9810 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Saturday is Earliest for NASA Launch at Wallops Island Facility http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/saturday-earliest-nasa-launch-wallops-island-facility-0 <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - A planned launch of five rockets from coastal Virginia that&#39;s aimed at learning more about the upper level jet stream has been rescheduled again.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; NASA initially said it would send up the rockets early Thursday. The launch was scrubbed due a payload problem and rescheduled for no earlier than Friday night.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But NASA says there&#39;s a high probability of bad weather. The launch is rescheduled for no earlier than Saturday night.</p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:37:03 +0000 Don Rush 9689 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net NASA Rocket Launch Delayed at Wallops Island http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/nasa-rocket-launch-delayed-wallops-island <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - NASA has delayed its planned launch of five rockets aimed at learning more about the jet stream&#39;s current at the edge of space.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;NASA initially said it would send up five rockets in five minutes from coastal Virginia early Thursday. But it subsequently announced Wednesday the launch was scrubbed due to a payload problem. The next attempt will be no earlier than Friday night.</p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:14:48 +0000 Don Rush 9596 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net