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9:49 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Wallops Flight Facility Launches Study of Polar Ice

Operation IceBridge
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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A NASA campaign launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore is helping improve the understanding of changes to polar ice.

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.

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.

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8:41 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Beach Replenishment for Wallops Flight Facility

Wallops Flight Facility
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$10.5 million has been awarded by the Army Corp of Engineers  to beef up the sand and dunes along NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility on the Virginia Eastern Shore.

The project calls for restoring 650-thousand cubic yards of sand along the shoreline of the launch center.

Hurricane Sandy destroyed sand, dunes and berm along the barrier island.

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.

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9:38 am
Tue January 14, 2014

NASA Delays Launch at Wallops Flight Facility

Wallops Flight Facility
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Due to the rainy weather the NASA Wallops flight facility has postponed the launch of three suborbital rockets.

The Terrier-Orion rockets were set to take off for the Defense Department this morning.

But NASA has put off the launch until Wednesday morning between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

NASA says the rockets will take off within a 20-second period.

Residents as far as Southern New Jersey may be able to see the rockets lift off.

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9:58 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Rocket Launch Tonight at Wallops Flight Facility

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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.

The launch is expected to be seen by much of the East Coast.

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.

WBOC reports that the backup date is November 26th.

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8:58 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Antares Rocket Prepares for Mission to International Space Station

Antares Rocket
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The Wallops Island flight facility is set for another rocket launch.

Tomorrow an Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is expected to take the Cygnus spacecraft on its first mission to the International Space Station.

The 133-foot-tall, two-stage Antares rocket will be launched at 10-50 a.m. tomorrow with a 15-minute window.

It had originally been set for lift off today but was postponed because of bad weather.

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9:29 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Successful Launch at Wallops Flight Facility

Malemute Terrierk-Improved suborbital rocket
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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.

The experiments were developed through the RockSat-X program conducted with the Colorado Space Grant Constortium.

There were around 40 students and instructors on hand for the launch this morning.

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.

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9:36 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Wallops Prepares for Moon Mission Launch

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With thousands expected to flock to Wallops Island for the September moon mission launch local officials are scrambling to accommodate them.

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer is set to lift off aboard a Minotaur V rocket on September 6th.

That launch window extends through September 10th.

It’s the first deep space mission to be launched from Wallops.

The southern part of the Assateague Beach from the access road south will be closed to take into account any falling debris.

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9:05 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Possible Trouble Ahead for NASA Funding Bill

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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.

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9:07 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Mission to Mars

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At least one Maryland Congressional member has her sights set on Mars.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.

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9:32 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Successful Launch of Galaxy Study Rocket at Wallops

Black Brant XII rocket launch at Wallops Flight Facility
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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.

The Experiment will study the first stars and galaxies and how they were formed in the universe.

The rocket lifted the payload to an altitude of around 358 miles above the Atlantic Ocean.

The height will allow a longer observation time for the instruments.

The payload will eventually splash down into the Atlantic Ocean more than 400 miles from the Virginia Coast but will not be recovered.

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10:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Briefing at Wollops on NASA Noose Incident

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.

Chris Scolese, director of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will discuss the findings with Wallops employees Thursday.

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10:40 am
Fri September 21, 2012

NASA Rocket Launched From Wallops Flight Facility

Suborbital Rocket
Suborbital Rocket, nasa.gov

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. 

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12:34 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Rocket Launch at Wallops Flight Facility

Wallops Island Flight Facility, nasa.gov

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.


NASA says the Terrier-Lynx rocket was launched Tuesday evening.


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. 

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7:59 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Weather Aircraft Uses NASA Wallops Flight Facility

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's Eastern Shore is being used as a launch site for a NASA mission to study tropical cyclones.


The federal space agency is sending unmanned scientific aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean to study the cyclones and what causes them to intensify into hurricanes.


Flights are set to begin in early September and continue into October at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.


An aircraft that flew over Hurricane Leslie in the Atlantic Ocean landed at the facility on Friday.

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12:20 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Wallops Island: Failure to Launch

Talos-Terrier-Oriole Rocket, nasa.gov

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.


The space agency says the problem would have interfered with transmission of data during the flight.


The launch was scheduled for Thursday morning. NASA says a new launch date hasn't been determined.


The three-stage vehicle's flight is meant to support high-altitude space science research.

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10:07 am
Wed September 5, 2012

NASA Delays Rocket Launch Until Thursday

Talos-Terrier-Oriole Rocket, nasa.gov

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.


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.


It will be the first flight of the Talos-Terrier-Oriole launch vehicle meant to support high-altitude space science research.

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9:07 am
Fri August 24, 2012

NASA Launch Scrubbed at Wallops Island Flight Facility

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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.

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7:54 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Senator Tom Carper At NASA Spacesuit Company

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.

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12:14 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

NASA Delays Saturday Launch

There will be no rocket launch from Wallops Island Flight Facility tomorrow.

NASA managers have scrubbed the launch and it is being rescheduled no earlier than Sunday.

The agency is testing an inflatable heat shield technology.

The one day delay is to allow for additional testing of vehicle launch systems.

NASA has three consecutive days for a launch with a liftoff window from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The rocket will be visible to residents in the Wallops and southern Chesapeake Bay region.

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9:45 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Rocket Launch at Wallops Island Flight Facility

A NASA rocket carrying 17 "RockOn" experiments was launched from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility at 6:40 a.m.
NASA Wallops Flight Facility

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.

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8:29 am
Mon June 11, 2012

NASA To Help Track Migtratory Birds in Delmarva Region

 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.

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9:44 am
Tue March 27, 2012

NASA Research Rocket Finally Launched from Wallops Facility

 

     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.

     The rockets began blasting off just before 5 a.m. Tuesday from NASA's space center on Wallops Island. Bad weather had postponed other planned launches last week.

     The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will help scientists understand the jet stream, which is located 60 to 65 miles above Earth's surface.

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12:14 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

No NASA Rocket Launch at Wallops Sooner than Sunday

 

       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.

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8:27 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Another Delay for Wallops Rocket Launch

 

       ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - NASA is again rescheduling the launch of five rockets from Virginia due to bad weather.  The rockets are part of a study of the jet stream.

     The launch had been set for Thursday at NASA's space center on Wallops Island but has now been pushed back to early Friday. Bad weather has postponed the launch several times.

     The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will help scientists understand the jet stream, which is located 60 to 65 miles above Earth's surface.

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9:16 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Wallops NASA Rocket Launch Delayed Again

 

      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.

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9:14 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Wednesday is Latest Launch Date for NASA Rocket at Wallops Flight Facility

 

            It won’t be until Wednesday morning before the launch of five NASA sounding rockets from Wallops flight facility.

            The countdown is set begin at 7 pm tonight.

            The launch was delayed in recent days because of possible bad weather.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the multiple launches will allow scientists to study winds at the edge of space around 60 miles above the Earth’s surface.

            The mission is called the Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment .

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9:48 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Rocket Launch at Wallops May Be Tuesday

 

     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.

     The space agency says that it has pushed back its scheduled launch to no earlier than Tuesday night because of bad weather.

     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's surface.

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12:37 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Saturday is Earliest for NASA Launch at Wallops Island Facility

 

     ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - A planned launch of five rockets from coastal Virginia that's aimed at learning more about the upper level jet stream has been rescheduled again.

     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.

     But NASA says there's a high probability of bad weather. The launch is rescheduled for no earlier than Saturday night.

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9:14 am
Thu March 15, 2012

NASA Rocket Launch Delayed at Wallops Island

 

      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.

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