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.
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.
Launched at 7:16:30 a.m. EDT, the rocket lofted the experiments to an altitude of 95.4 miles.
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.
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.
The rocket will soar to a height of 98 miles.
The flight will last 15 minutes with the payload splashing down around 65 miles off the Virginia coast.
FREDERICA, Del. (AP) - Delaware Sen. Tom Carper says he will tour a Frederica company that makes space suits for NASA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The programs are designed to give participants an introduction to building small experiments that can be found on sounding rockets.
OYSTER, Va. (AP) - The nation's space agency and The Nature Conservancy are teaming up to further understanding of migratory bird habitats on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
NASA and the conservation group have signed an agreement that will provide a base for the agency's precipitation science programs and at the same time study those migratory patterns.
Under the agreement, the Conservancy is providing access to NASA at the Virginia Coast Reserve near Oyster. There NASA will place weather radar, rain gauges and other instruments to measure precipitation on a global scale.
ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - The launch of five suborbital rockets from Virginia's coast is being rescheduled again.
NASA had planned to launch the rockets early Friday, following 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
NASA says it will decide Friday afternoon whether to attempt the launch Sunday morning.
ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - Bad weather has prompted NASA to reschedule the launch of five rockets from its Wallops Facility in Virginia.
The rockers are part of a study of the upper-level jet stream. 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.
The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will help scientists understand the process behind the jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above Earth's surface.
ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - NASA has delayed its planned launch of five rockets aimed at learning more about the jet stream's current at the edge of space.
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.
The rockets are to release a chemical trail to track winds circling Earth at up to 300 mph, about 65 miles above the surface.