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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Virginia is Upbeat About Spaceport

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport [MARS] continues with launch pad infrastructure improvement plans for the Orbital Sciences Corporation launch of the Taurus-II booster rocket to service the International Space Station in 2011.

In the past week, Maryland provided $150,000 to the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority for operational funding. Meanwhile, the Virginia General Assembly continues to advance an additional $10-million in bond authorization for the spaceport atop of the $16-million approved in 2008.

Virginia remains upbeat about the future; and those associated with the campaign for the next orbital launch expected in the summer [TacSat-3] payload are pumped as well.

No one really expects PlanetSpace to derail the Virginia longer-term Virginia launch pad plans to service the ISS. Moreover, Virginia expects more commercial space firms to come to view the business advantages of Virginia's Eastern Shore launch pads and runways.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There are a couple of websites that I thought may be of interest to Spaceport fans. First, and 2nd, a bit off topic, but for some pictures taken of Mars by the MRO.,29307,1827176,00.html.