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News Archive / Tagged: Wallops Flight Facility

  • 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.

  • 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.