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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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12:01 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Manned Flights From Wallop's Flight Facility?

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Could we see astronauts being launched from nearby Wallops Island Flight Facility?

That’s what the Las Vegas based company Bigelow Aerospace wants to do.

Mike Gold, director of DC Operations and Business Growth told WBOC, that his company is hoping to make such a proposal to NASA that would including launching people from Virginia’s Eastern Shore. 

This would require some upgrades which would mean construction jobs for the area.

The company builds what are called space habitats.

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9:33 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Cygnus Off Loads Trash From International Space Station

Cygnus Spacecraft
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The International Space Station has one less capsule and a lot less trash.

A commercial cargo ship ended its five-week visit Tuesday morning. NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins used the space station's big robot arm to release the capsule, called Cygnus.

Cygnus is filled with garbage and will burn up when it plunges through the atmosphere Wednesday.

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9:38 am
Tue January 14, 2014

NASA Delays Launch at 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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9:28 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Cygnus Rocket Launch This Afternoon From Wallops

Wallops Flight Facility Set For Resupply of International Space Station
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NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility is set to launch the Orbital-1 cargo resupply rocket to the International Space Station this afternoon just after 1 p.m.

After being delayed earlier this week NASA officials say that the weather looks good for a successfully launch.

A Thursday launch would allow the Cygnus spacecraft to arrive at the International Space Station early Sunday with more than 27-hundred pounds of supplies for the crew members.

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8:56 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Wallops Flight Facility Sends Nearly 30 Small Satellites Into Orbit

Minotaur Rocket blasts off from Wallops Flight Facility with student built satellites on board.
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At Wallops Flight Facility a Minotaur rocket lifted off the launch pad last night carrying 29 tiny satellites into space.

13 of them were built by college and high school students from across the country.

Ian Maloney and his classmates at the Naval Academy told WBOC that never in his wildest dreams did he believe he would be doing something like this.

He said that the satellite is to provide students at the Naval Academy with telemetry.

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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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8:38 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Navy Begins Carrier Simulation Flights over Wallops Flight Facility

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The Monday morning sky over Wallops Flight Facility was filled with Navy carrier practice flights under an agreement that allows for up to 20-thousand flight passes annually.

A Navy pilot is able to simulate as closely as possible a landing on an air craft carrier at sea.

But WBOC reports that some neighbors say they’re concerned about these flights.

Vicki Stevens, who lives in Horntown, told the station said while she supports the military with her husband being a Vietnam veteran but adding 16-thousand additional flights is “a big number.”

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9:58 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Wallops Flight Facility Aids Study of Ice Melt Around Greenland

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A NASA campaign being launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore is helping improve the understanding of seasonal ice melt around Greenland.

The space agency says a NASA's C-130 research aircraft flew from the Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island this week to Greenland to conduct surveys. Flights are scheduled to continue through Nov. 16.

The data they collect will provide baseline measurements for future satellite missions. The land and sea ice information also will give researchers a more comprehensive view of seasonal changes.

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9:02 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Cygnus Mission to International Space Station Declared Success

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Officials at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility declared the Cygnus space module resupply mission to the International Space Station a success.

The spacecraft re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere early yesterday afternoon and Orbital Sciences is now preparing to get into the heart of its contract with the space agency.

The next Cygnus space module is now on its way to Wallops with a launched date for mid-December.

Orbital Sciences spokesman Barry Benseki told WBOC that there will be at least eight such launches over the next three years from Wallops. 

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9:14 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Government Shutdown Hits Delmarva (Update)

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
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The government shutdown has closed the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia and the Coastal Delaware National Wildlife Refuge Complex until further notice.

U.S. Fish and & Wildlife Service officials said that only those activities that are necessary for an emergency or to protect human life or property would be staffed.

WBOC reports that Public access will also be barred and wildlife management activities and public programs were canceled.

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8:43 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Cygnus Spacecraft Docks With International Space Station

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The Cygnus has successfully docked with the International Space Station.

The spacecraft was launched on top of an Antares rocket September 18th.

The unmanned craft is owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation and reached its destination on Sunday.

With the smooth hook up the firm is only the second company to accomplish such a resupply feat.

The California-based SpaceX Company took the lead last year.

WBOC reports that with the successful docking Orbital Sciences can begin making good on its nearly $2 billion contract with NASA for more Cygnus deliveries.

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9:52 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Antares Rocket Lifts Off at Wallops Flight Facility

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The Antares rocket lifted off from the Wallops Flight Facility just before 11 a.m. this morning.

The Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket is taking the Cygnus Spacecraft on its first resupply mission to the International Space Station.

The two stage Antares is 133 feet tall and is the second major launch in less than two weeks with the Moon mission earlier this month.

Liftoff yesterday was postponed by bad weather.

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9:40 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Mikulski on Navy Yard Shooting and Wallops Rocket Launch

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md)
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Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md) says it is now time to look at the issue of mental illness and military security, in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting that killed 12 victims and left the alleged shooter dead. Delmarva Public Radio spoke with the Maryland Democrat about the tragedy in a week that saw Wallops Island Flight facility gear up for another rocket launch.

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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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9:36 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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12:07 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

NASA Wallops Rocket Launch Delayed Again

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Two rocket launches from the NASA Wallops flight Facility were scrubbed today because of poor weather conditions in the region.

NASA says it will make another attempt tomorrow between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m..

The two rockets are a Black Brant V and a Terrier-Improved Orion which will lift off 15 seconds apart.

They are part of the Daytime Dynamo experiment which will study a global electrical current that sweeps through the ionosphere.

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11:45 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Wallops Rocket Launch Postponed Until Friday

An electric current called the dynamo, illustrated here, sweeps through Earth’s upper atmosphere.
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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA is rescheduling its planned launch of two rockets from the Eastern Shore of Virginia to Friday.

The launch originally scheduled for Monday from Wallops Island was scrubbed again Tuesday because conditions weren't what scientists needed to carry out their experiments.

NASA plans to launch the Black Brant V and Terrier-Improved Orion 15 seconds apart in support of the Daytime Dynamo experiment.

NASA says the project is designed to study a global electrical current called the dynamo, which sweeps through the ionosphere.

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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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11:50 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Suborbital Rocket Launch Delayed Until Tonight at Wallops

Black Brant XII suborbital rocket launch pattern
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The launch of the Black Brant XII rocket that will take a look at how the first galaxy was formed has been delayed until this evening to around 11 pm tonight at the Wallops Flight Facility.

The suborbital rocket had been set to be launched last night but there was not enough time to cool the instruments on the payload before launch.

The Cosmic Infrared ExperRiment will study the first stars and how galaxies formed in the universe.

The NASA Center will begin allowing the public in at around 9:30 pm to view the launch.

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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
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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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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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10:07 am
Wed September 5, 2012

NASA Delays Rocket Launch Until Thursday

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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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8:16 am
Wed August 22, 2012

NASA Wallops Flight Facility Shore's Up the Island

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA's Wallops Flight Facility has more than 3 million cubic yards of new sand protecting the Wallops Island shoreline.


The storm damage reduction project was completed earlier this month.


The project was designed to help buffer Wallops' critical launch assets from the ocean.


Workers are now installing sand fencing to help protect the beach from erosion. In the fall, beach grass will be planted.


More sand is planned for the island ever three to seven years, depending on the need.



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9:10 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Launch of Educational Experiment Rocket Set for Wallops This Week

ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - Seventeen educational experiments will be on board a rocket set for launch this week from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The launch is scheduled for Thursday morning.

University instructors and students from across the country built the experiments. The 35-foot-tall rocket is expected to fly to an altitude of about 75 miles. After launch and payload recovery, the participants will conduct preliminary data analysis and discuss their results.