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News Archive / Tagged: Wallops Flight Facility

  • “…We shall return!” S.S. Gene Cernan lifts off from MARS’ Pad 0A

    Jason RhianNovember 12th, 2017

    WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va. — With no wayward pilots to ruin their efforts, NASA and Orbital ATK sent the S.S. Gene Cernan (Cygnus CRS OA-8E) to orbit atop an Antares rocket from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at 7:19 a.m. EST (12:19 GMT) on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, on the OA-8 mission bound for the International Space Station.

  • Antares OA-8 launch scrubbed

    Lloyd CampbellNovember 11th, 2017

    The Orbital-ATK Antares 230 rocket with the S.S. Gene Cernan (Cygnus CRS OA-8E) spacecraft atop was poised for liftoff from NASA's Wallops Island Flight facility this morning at 7:37 a.m. EST (12:37 GMT), but the launch was aborted "due to aircraft in the restricted area" – according to the company's statement.

  • SFI LIVE: Orbital ATK Antares with OA-8 Cygnus

    Jason RhianNovember 11th, 2017

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., -- NASA and Orbital ATK are planning to launch the S.S. Gene Cernan, OA-8 Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station atop an Antares 230 rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad 0A sometime in a five minute long launch window that opens at 7:37 a.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 11. SpaceFlight Insider's exclusive Live Show will begin at 7 a.m. EST.

  • S.S. Gene Cernan set to conduct cargo run to International Space Station

    Lloyd CampbellNovember 10th, 2017

    WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va. — NASA and Orbital ATK are preparing to launch some 7,385 pounds (3,350 kg) of cargo, crew supplies, and experiments to the International Space Station. The mission is currently scheduled to fly on Nov. 11, 2017, at 7:37 a.m. EST from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad-0A.

  • NASA sounding rocket releases artificial clouds above mid-Atlantic

    Jason RhianJune 29th, 2017

    On Thursday, June 29, after numerous delays, the early morning skies along the mid-Atlantic coast came alive with luminescent clouds as NASA checked out a new deployment system that supports science studies of the ionosphere and aurora.

  • Reflections on the launch of OA-5: Remembering

    Jason RhianOctober 30th, 2016

    ABOVE PHILADELPHIA, Penn. — It was a trip meant to last about four days. When all was said and done, nine had elapsed. As most of us are aware, travel in the post-9-11 world is not what one would describe as “fun", and covering the return-to-flight of Antares had been an interesting challenge.

  • Reflections on the launch of OA-5: Waiting

    Jason RhianOctober 25th, 2016

    CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. — The sleepy seaside village of Chincoteague only has a population of about 3,000 and is generally a quiet restful place best known for the wild ponies who reside in the wetlands surrounding NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The island’s peaceful nature has been interrupted over the course of the past three years with some fairly dramatic activity.

  • Reflections on the launch of OA-5: Infinite Blue

    Jason RhianOctober 24th, 2016

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — On Monday, Oct. 10, as I sit at Orlando International Airport, I was left wondering which gods I had offended. This was one of only a handful of trips SpaceFlight Insider had opted to undertake in 2016, and it was off to a less than auspicious start.

  • Photo Gallery: Light, shadow and fog – the flight of OA-5

    Jason RhianOctober 23rd, 2016

    WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va. — Covering any launch is a challenge for even experienced photojournalists. Throw in a night launch, one shrouded in fog, and that challenge is one only the most skilled professionals would even attempt. SpaceFlight Insider presents – the flight of the S.S. Alan Poindexter atop an Orbital ATK Antares 230.

  • Antares lights up Virginian night skies in return-to-flight OA-5 mission

    SpaceFlight InsiderOctober 18th, 2016

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — NASA and Orbital ATK returned the Antares launch vehicle to service on Monday, Oct. 17, with its payload of 5,100 lbs (2,313 kg) of cargo bound for the International Space Station. The rocket lifted off at 7:45 p.m. EDT from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch Coverage of Orbital ATK Antares 230 with OA-5 Cygnus

    Jason RhianOctober 17th, 2016

    WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va. — Orbital ATK is preparing to launch an Antares 230 rocket with the OA-5, S.S. Alan Poindexter Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station this evening. SpaceFlight Insider's live webcast will begin at 7:30 p.m. EDT (23:30 GMT). The launch window is scheduled to open at 8:03 p.m. EDT (00:03 GMT on Oct. 17) and extend for 5 minutes.

  • With little damage to tracking station, OA-5 set to launch Sunday

    Jason RhianOctober 15th, 2016

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK and NASA are preparing to launch the first of their upgraded Antares-230 rockets from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The mission will mark the return-to-flight of Antares, but it has to have a critical asset survive Mother Nature first before it can take off on Sunday, Oct. 16.

  • TS Nicole approaches Bermuda tracking station, prompting delay of OA-5 mission

    Jason RhianOctober 11th, 2016

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — After slipping 24 hours to Friday, it looks as though the OA-5 Cygnus cargo mission to the ISS will be delayed again. This time, it's due to Tropical Storm Nicole, which is strengthening and poised to strike Bermuda, the location of a critical launch tracking station, as early as this Thursday.

  • Launch of OA-5 Cygnus slips 24 hours

    Jason RhianOctober 10th, 2016

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — Orbital ATK has opted to rescheduled the flight of the OA-5 Cygnus cargo spacecraft on the Antares 230 rocket. The mission had been poised to launch at 9:13 p.m. EDT Oct. 13 (01:13 GMT Oct. 4) from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad 0A.

  • Launch of OA-5 moves to Oct. 13 as Hurricane Matthew looms

    Jason RhianOctober 4th, 2016

    With the pre-launch Flight Readiness Review for the upcoming OA-5 flight on the newly re-engined Antares 230 launch vehicle complete, NASA and Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK had to confront the possibility a hurricane could put a serious damper on flight plans. With that, a new, more precise L-0 was established.