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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sen. Jim Webb Visits Virginia Spaceport


U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (center) on Tuesday made his first official visit to the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Va. Orbital Sciences Corporation is slated to launch the first Taurus-2 rocket to orbit from the commercial spaceport next summer. Thereafter, the Taurus-2 will launch about every six months carrying cargo to the International Space Station. Webb was joined by his chief-of-staff Paul Reagan.

Construction of a new launch pad on Wallops Island is proceeding with completion targeted for spring 2011 and the first launch in summer 2011 following the first in-place test firing of the orbital booster.

Meanwhile, Bigelow Aerospace continues to review the site as a potential future launch site for the UAL Atlas-V to carry humans to a Bigelow private space station around mid-decade, according to attorney Mike Gold.

1 comment:

RobbDee said...

To all readers of Spaceport's. If Bigelow Aerospace is willing to locate to Wallops Island and bring ULA (Boeing/LockMart)and their Atlas V. I feel this would make Virginia's Eastern Shore into the greatest Commercial Spaceport in the U.S if not the world. I truly hope the enviormental impact finding's, from the foot print of a HLV such as the Atlas will not be much larger then Orbital Science's Tuarus II. There could not be a better mix of education, roads and railway growth. That wouldn't even include the growth of service industries like support,lodging, reasurant's and must of all a new hospital. WOW, I'm excited and I don't even live there!
Goodluck Wallop's & Spaceports