|Artist rendering of the Antares rocket on Wallops Island, VA launch pad 0A|
The new launch pad, operated by the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, is expected to be approach $150-million as completed this month. A launch from Wallops Island, Virginia would reach the International Space Station's orbit as effectively as from Cape Canaveral, Florida with less civil, commercial and military launch traffic to delay a commercial launch.
The commercial Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport now has two functional launch pads. The liquid fuel booster Antares will utilize launch pad 0A for commercial missions while the solid rocket boosters Minotaur I and Minotaur V will continue to utilize launch pad 0B for military and civil space missions in the spaceport's manifest now projected into 2015.