Spaceflight Insider

News Archive / Tagged: Wallops Flight Facility

  • Antares return to flight pushed to October

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 14th, 2016

    According to Space News, at an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space 2016 conference in Long Beach, California, Orbital ATK’s director of business development, John Steinmeyer, said on Sept. 13 that the company was looking to launch their Antares rocket in early October – a delay from late September.

  • Orbital ATK aiming for second half of September for RTF of Antares

    Jason RhianAugust 10th, 2016

    Upon the completion of a stage test conducted at Pad-0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport this past May, Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK has announced that it could conduct the inaugural flight of its Antares 230 rocket as early as the second half of September of this year (2016).

  • RockOn!: Suborbital rocket with students’ experiments successfully launched from Wallops

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 29th, 2016

    A Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket successfully lifted off at 6:06 a.m. EDT on Friday, June 24, carrying students' experiments. The launch was conducted by NASA from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

  • Orbital ATK eyeing August launch of ‘Enhanced’ Antares

    Jason RhianJune 18th, 2016

    Orbital ATK is working toward returning the company's Antares 230 rocket to conduct the first flight of the newly re-engined Antares 230 launch vehicle sometime in August. The flight was slated to take place from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Regional Spaceport's (MARS) Pad-0A.

  • New pad, new engines – NewSpace: 0A set to support flights of Enhanced Antares

    Jason RhianDecember 18th, 2015

    WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va. — The launch site for Orbital ATK's Antares rocket is primed and ready to see the medium-range booster return to flight early next year (2016). That was the message relayed by representatives of the company during a roughly two-hour long tour of the Wallops Flight Facility.

  • Orbital ATK ramps up testing ahead of 2016 Antares return to flight

    Joe LatrellOctober 28th, 2015

    At the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) at Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Orbital ATK engineers are hard at work. They are on track for a series of tests that will culminate in a newly redesigned "enhanced" medium-class Antares booster heading the the International Space Station (ISS) early in 2016.

  • NASA launch from Wallops visible to many along East Coast

    Joe LatrellOctober 8th, 2015

    On Wednesday, Oct. 7, NASA successfully launched a Black Brant sounding rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The rocket launched at 7:07 pm EDT and reached an altitude of 160 miles before falling back into the Atlantic Ocean. The payload was not designed to be recovered and NASA has no plans to retrieve the vehicle.

  • Agreement reached for Pad 0A repair, paving way for future Antares flights

    Jason RhianAugust 10th, 2015

    Orbital ATK has agreed to cover some of the remaining expenses to get Pad-0A operating before the Antares rocket can be launched again. The agreement reached between Orbital ATK and the Commonwealth of Virginia - should allow the Cygnus spacecraft to resume delivering cargo to the ISS as early as next spring.

  • Student experiments launched by NASA’s sounding rocket from Wallops Flight Facility

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 26th, 2015

    Several student experiments were successfully launched by NASA Thursday, June 25, using the agency’s Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket. The liftoff took place at 6 a.m. EDT (10:00 GMT) from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The rocket took the students’ payload to an altitude of 71.4 miles (115 kilometers) and then the payload descended […]

  • No financial help coming from Aerojet Rocketdyne for Pad 0A cleanup

    Joe LatrellMay 19th, 2015

    It appears that Aerojet Rocketdyne, the manufacturer of the AJ26 rocket engine, will not be providing financial assistance for repairs to Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility’s Mid-Atlantic Spaceport’s (MARS). These repairs become necessary after an Orbital ATK Antares exploded approximately twelve seconds into flight on Oct. 28, 2014.

  • NASA Wallops Flight Facility’s Pad 0A slowly recovering from Orb-3 accident

    Mark UsciakApril 21st, 2015

    WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va — Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is starting to show signs of recovering over the explosion of an Orbital ATK Antares rocket attempting to carry out the third operational resupply mission (Orb-3) to the International Space Station in October of 2014. In terms of Pad 0A, located at […]

  • RockSat-X mission launches from Wallops Flight Facility

    Jason RhianApril 18th, 2015

    The RockSat-X payload was launched into sub-orbit atop a NASA Malemute sounding rocket from the space agency’s Wallops Flight Facility on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 7:01 a.m. EDT (11:01 GMT). The sounding rocket lifted off from the Virginia marshlands with a payload of some six experiments from university students and were recovered shortly after the […]

  • One night – three launches at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

    Jason RhianFebruary 24th, 2015

    Three Terrier-Oriole suborbital “sounding” rockets were successfully launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, located in Virginia on Tuesday Feb. 24, 2015. The flights had been scheduled to take place on Monday, Feb. 23, and were conducted on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD). Those handling the flight had a four hour window in which to get […]

  • Three Terrier-Oriole rocket launches delayed

    Jason RhianFebruary 22nd, 2015

    Three launches of Terrier-Oriole suborbital “sounding” rockets have been postponed from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, located in Virginia. The flights had been scheduled to take place on Monday, Feb. 23, and are being carried out on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD). The 24-hour delay has pushed the flights back to no-earlier-than Feb. 24 […]

  • Orbital Sciences Corp.’s stockholders approve Feb. 9 merger with ATK

    Jason RhianJanuary 27th, 2015

    Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corporation’s stockholders have approved a merger with the Aerospace and Defense Groups of Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK ), based out of Utah. The newly-formed Orbital-ATK will officially begin operations on Feb. 10 – the day after the merger is officially closed. The announcement comes after a special meeting held on Jan. […]