Rocket Lab selects Wallops Flight Facility for new launch site

By |2018-10-19T10:01:02-04:00October 19th, 2018|News, Press Releases|

U.S. orbital launch provider Rocket Lab announced on Wednesday, Oct. 17 that it would build its first U.S. launch pad for the Electron rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Building on Rocket Lab's capability to launch up to 120 times annually from the world's only private launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in New [...]

Van Hollen Applauds Decision to Make Wallops Home to New Launch Program

By |2018-10-19T09:48:12-04:00October 19th, 2018|News, Press Releases|

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Oct. 17, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) applauded the selection of Wallops Flight Facility to be the new U.S. launch site for Rocket Lab, an international aerospace manufacturer. This decision will support continued job growth and the success of Wallops, which employs over 500 Marylanders. “Wallops Flight Facility is crucial to [...]

Group Tours at Wallops Flight Facility

By |2018-10-02T10:16:19-04:00October 2nd, 2018|News|

Have you ever dreamed of taking a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia? If your answer is "yes," you should know that it is possible to learn first-hand about all the diverse and interesting programs that are operated out of the Wallops Island Flight Facility (WIFF). NASA WIFF [...]

The Thunderbirds are Creating a Storm in Ocean City and in Wallops

By |2018-06-26T15:37:12-04:00June 15th, 2018|Blog, News|

On June 14, the Thursday before the Ocean City Air Show, the U.S Air Force Thunderbirds departed from NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility to fly over the beach and boardwalk to perform a practice show. The practice show is a great way to watch the Thunderbirds preform their routine and their tricks without the congestion [...]

Flying High at Wallops for the Ocean City Air Show

By |2018-06-14T15:21:33-04:00June 14th, 2018|News|

Head over to Wallops Island this weekend to get an up close and personal look at the practices, departures, and landings of the planes for the Air Show! NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility will host the 11th Annual Ocean City Air Show this June 16 and 17 in which the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and F-35 [...]

University Student Projects Launch from NASA Wallops

By |2018-03-28T10:17:45-04:00March 28th, 2018|News, Press Releases|

Four university student projects were successfully launched at 6:51:30 a.m. EDT, March 25, 2018, on a NASA suborbital sounding rocket from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket carried the projects to an altitude of 107 miles. The projects then descended by parachute, landing in the Atlantic Ocean. The [...]

NASA Rocket Experiments to Examine Lifecycle of Stars

By |2018-03-28T10:13:38-04:00March 28th, 2018|News, Press Releases|

NASA will launch two astronomy experiments to study how stars are born and how they die in the Milky Way galaxy this April from Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The Water Recovery X-ray rocket, or WRX, is scheduled for launch April 4, 2018, and the Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph, or [...]

Summer Astronomy Night at the Beach Features Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 12

By |2017-08-07T11:50:13-04:00August 7th, 2017|Press Releases|

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility’s Visitor Center and the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation will host the final Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series on the Virginia end of Assateague Island National Seashore on Saturday, Aug. 12 for the observation of the Perseid meteor shower. Kim Check, the NASA Visitor Center manager, said, “The Perseid meteor shower [...]

NASA Visitor Center Summer Astronomy Series Returns July 13

By |2017-07-06T08:14:42-04:00July 6th, 2017|Blog, News, Press Releases, What's Up at Wallops?|

Our local national park beaches hold some of the last remaining harbors of darkness on the east coast. By night, Assateague Island visitors have an unparalleled view of the stars and beyond. Discover the starry night sky Thursday, July 13, over the Virginia end of Assateague Island National Seashore at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge [...]

Rocket launch for early birds

By |2017-06-05T05:44:21-04:00May 31st, 2017|News, Press Releases|

UPDATE: The launch of a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket scheduled for June 4 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility has been postponed due to clouds impacting the ability to test a new ampoule ejection system designed to support studies of the ionosphere and aurora. While the launch window runs through June 6, forecast weather is not [...]