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Friday, June 13, 2008

Taurus-2 Launch Pad to be Ready in 18-Months at Wallops Island Spaceport

The Launch Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport will take about 18 months of aggressive work and millions of dollars to prepare for the Orbital Sciences Corporation Taurus-2 [NASA COTS] voyage to the International Space Station.

The oldest of two launch pads at the spaceport, Launch Pad 0A has gone unused for well over a decade. It was known as the Conestoga launch complex in 1995. The more modern Pad 0B has supported two orbital lanuches with a third coming in October.

In April the Virginia General Assembly approved, at the behest of Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, a $16 million bond package to help pay for launch pad renovation and other improvements including a new vehicle integration facility and a fixed liquid fueling system. The decision was essential to luring the NASA COTS Orbital Sciences Corporation launch contract to Virginia despite the favorable site inclination.

It now appears that Wallops has the 'Right Stuff!'

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