Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
7:00 AM The launch team reports that the shelters covering the rockets will be moved until the rain in the area clears. They don't expect this happening until around 8 a.m.
Monday, June 27, 2011
ORS-1 is the Operationally Responsive Space Offices first operational satellite. Rapidly developing and fielding ORS-1 is an important step to demonstrate the capability to meet emerging and persistent war-fighter needs on operationally relevant timelines.
The Minotaur 1 rocket, integrated by Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC), is a four-stage vehicle, two stages being refurbished Minuteman II stages and the other two stages being OSC developed. The Minotaur is about 70 feet tall and 5 feet wide. The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Centers Space Development and Test Wing has overall mission management responsibility. This will be the fourth Minotaur 1 rocket launched from NASAs Wallops Flight Facility and the Spaceport since December 2006.
Based on the approved range schedule, the rocket is set for launch between 8:28 and 11:28 p.m. EDT. The backup launch days are June 29 July 10 . The launch may be visible, depending on cloud cover and ones viewing location, in the eastern United States from southern New York to North Carolina. It may be seen as far west from the Atlantic Coast as West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. Further information on the mission, including where to view the launch, is available on the internet at: www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/missions/ORS.html
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Launch status can be followed on Twitter at:http://www.Twitter.com/NASA_Wallops
Launch status also is available at the Wallops launch status line at 757-824-2050.
Further information on this mission is available on the Internet at: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/news/rockon2011.html
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility.
The launch is scheduled to happen between 7 and 10 a.m. and can be viewed by a webcast that will begin at 6 a.m. weather permitting. Backup days are June 10 and 11.
The launch also can be viewed at the NASA Visitor Center, which will open at 6 a.m.
Launch status updates will be provided by NASA on Twitter and by phone at (757) 824-2050.
To learn more about the rocket program, visit www.nasa.gov/wallops.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The reason for delay is to extend testing of the payload system which is used to examine new technologies on the rocket.
The Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket was originally set for Tuesday morning before being pushed back to Wednesday.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
NASA originally planned to launch the Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket from Wallops between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday. The new launch date is Thursday, Sept. 15 "at the earliest," an e-mail message from Wallops Public Affairs Specialist Rebecca H. Powell said Friday.
Powell's message gave no reason for the delay.
The mission includes the third test of the rocket's primary payload, NASA's Autonomous Flight Safety System. The onboard system is designed to issue a destruct signal if a launch flight deviates from its path.
The rocket will carry two additional payloads. The first is a NASA package of seven sensors to observe the rocket's performance.
The third payload is a Federal Aviation Administration payload designed to inform aircraft and air traffic control systems of the in-flight location and velocity of launch vehicles that could pose a collision hazard to aircraft.The launch can be viewed from the facility's visitor center, which will be open at 7 a.m. on launch day.
The launch will be web cast beginning at 7 a.m. on launch day at: http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/webcast
Launch status can be followed on Twitter at:
Launch status also is available at the Wallops launch status line at (757) 824-2050.
For more information about Wallops Flight Facility and its missions, visit http://www.nasa.gov/wallops
Friday, June 4, 2010
Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. The event will be held rain or shine.
In recognition of its 65th anniversary, NASA Wallops, along with many of its customers and partners that conduct activities at the facility, will have exhibits and demonstrations of the research and operations at one of the nation's oldest launch ranges.
Bill Wrobel, director of NASA Wallops, said "Wallops is at a very exciting point in its history. We want our neighbors on Delmarva to have this opportunity to share in this excitement."
"In addition, this is an opportunity to introduce students in the area to many science, technology, engineering and math careers. We hope that one day our local students will be carrying on the research at Wallops."
For the event, Wallops will have many of its facilities on its Main Base open including the sounding rocket payload facility, engineering labs, its scientific balloon labs and the range control center. Visitors will get to see full-scale sounding rockets, a scientific balloon, and the Cygnus spacecraft from Orbital Sciences Corp. Cygnus is scheduled to start carrying supplies to the International Space Station from Wallops in 2011. Also, three local high school teams will demonstrate their robots that competed in the First Robotics Competition.
For young explorers, there will be a kids' activities tent, a giant space shuttle slide and the Atlantic Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company's Fire Prevention Trailer.
In addition, the military aircraft, including the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, performing at the Ocean City Air Show, will be based at Wallops. They will take to the skies in the afternoon. Departure and arrival times will be announced the day of the open house.
Parking will be available on the base and buses will run throughout the day. Food will be available in the facility's cafeteria and on the grill outside out side the café.