Showing posts with label NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Show all posts

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Wallops Antares Launch Scheduled


WALLOPS ISLAND, Va.- NASA has announced plans to launch a rocket from the Eastern Shore of Virginia to the International Space Station next month.
Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft will take off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad-0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Accomack County as early as 2:39 p.m. Oct. 21. NASA says the goal is to deliver science investigations, supplies and equipment.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wallops Program Receives "Best" Award..

(excerpts from PRNewswire)

Wallops Aircraft Office Recognized as the Best in the Federal Government

WASHINGTONJuly 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
 -- NASA's Wallops Flight  Facility Aircraft Office in
Virginia has been recognized as the best small aviation
program in the Federal government by the General
Services Administration and  the  Interagency
Committee for Aviation Policy.

The Wallops aircraft team provides NASA and
 commercial platforms for worldwide airborne scientific 
research, technology development, cargo airlift, launch
range  surveillance and recovery, and remotely piloted 
aircraft systems and required chase operations.

The award is provided to agencies that have 
demonstrated their flight programs support for the
success of the agency's mission. An independent panel 
of aviation experts judge agencies based on aircraft
administration, operations, maintenance, training and 

In 2014, Wallops participated in 30 NASA airborne 
science missions, flying more than  2,000 flight hours
Both were records surpassing all previous marks
during the office's 45 years.

These aircraft support NASA missions across the
United States from the east to west coasts, as well as Alaska, CanadaGreenlandNorwayAfrica and

In addition, Wallops recently opened and conducted 
missions from a new Global Hawk Operations Center 
(GHOC-East) control center. The GHOC allows NASA to
conduct Global Hawk operations worldwide, including
missions to study Atlantic tropical storms.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Air Force Minotaur Rocket Launching from Virginia November 19

NASA Photo
WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va. — A United States Air Force Minotaur I rocket is scheduled to lift-off at 7:30 p.m. EST,  Tuesday, Nov.19, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad-0B at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The Minotaur will launch the Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space Office's ORS-3 mission, which features the deployment of 29 satellites in space.

The launch window is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.  The backup launch days run through November 26.

The launch may be visible, depending on atmospheric conditions at one’s viewing site, from northern Florida to southern Canada and west to Indiana.

The ORS-3 Mission, also known as an enabler mission, will demonstrate and validate launch and range improvements for NASA and the military. These include automated trajectory targeting, range-safety planning and flight termination systems. The launch also will be part of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) certification process for the Minotaur rocket. The FAA has licensing authority over American commercial rockets.

The Minotaur's primary payload is the Space Test Program Satellite-3 (STPSat-3), an Air Force technology-demonstration mission. Thirteen small cubesats aboard are being provided through NASA's Cubesat Launch Initiative. Among the cubesats is NASA's Small Satellite Program PhoneSat 2 second generation smartphone mission. Also included is the first cubesat built by high school students.

The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge/Assateague Island National Seashore will be open for viewing the launch.  Visitors to Assateague need to be on the island by 6 p.m. before the entrance gate closes.

For more information on the ORS-3 mission, visit:

Live coverage of the launch is available via UStream beginning at 6:30 p.m. EST on launch day at: 

Launch status can be followed on launch day on Twitter at: and Facebook at:

Launch status also is available on the Wallops launch status line at 757-824-2050.

Android users can download the “What’s Up at Wallops” app, which contains information on the launch as well as a compass showing the precise direction for launch viewing. The app is available for download at: