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Monday, May 18, 2009

RED ALERT: Wallops Range Readies for Flight

RED ALERT: "Fire in the sky" from America's most rapidly growing commercial spaceport along the Virginia Accomack County eastern shore is imminent. A weather-favored launch campaign with a high-horsepowered Orbital Sciences Corporation Minotaur 1 rocket is underway between the hours of 7:35 pm EST and 11:30 pm EST. Tuesday, May 19, 2009 [Launch Webcast] Back-up same time Wednesday, May 20.

Hundreds plan to gather around the NASA Wallops Flight Facility to see the US Air Force TacSat-3 military intelligence satellite streak red across a fading blue-to-black evening sky along the Atlantic Ocean from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport two hours from the nation's capitol. For launch hotline dial 1-757-824-2050 or Twitter and/or watch the Webcast.

Repeatedly scrubbed by twice persistent rain-drinched weather and an electrical glitch between the rocket and ground controllers in the last attempt, the rocketeers stood-down to support the launch of space shuttle Atlantis to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

NOW, with weather clearing and range facilities open, the Orbital Sciences launch crew is ready to clear the pad and, in the famous words of the late Alan B. Shepard: "light this candle!" This is the fourth launch attempt this month.

Spaceport advocates say: "it is time to get this bird off the pad, work to get the Taurus-2 in a state of readiness to re-supply the space station, send missions to the moon, and put the first human in space from Virginia!"

1 comment:

Rebekah Lou Taylor said...

Amazing. This is very exciting. Thankyou for posting.