The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center will continue offering public programs and events in October. A full description of the programs can be found online at https://www.nasa.gov/content/wallops-visitor-center/public-programs. A full description of the event on October 8th from 7 – 10 p.m. (International Observe the Moon Night) is available online athttps://www.nasa.gov/content/wallops-visitor-center/special-events.
So, What’s Up At Wallops?
Poker Flat Campaign Preparations Underway
Wallops Flight Facility’s Sounding Rocket Program Office is hard at work testing payload systems for its January – February 2017 launch campaign from Poker Flat Research Range, located north of Fairbanks, Alaska. https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/poker-flat-campaign-preparations-underway
New Wave Buoy Boosts Wallops’ Shoreline Protection Efforts
A new offshore directional wave buoy is reinforcing NASA’s efforts to manage, protect and renourish the Wallops Island shoreline, which protects some $1.2 billion in federal and state assets. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/new-wave-buoy-boosts-wallops-shoreline-protection-efforts
Wallops Earns Grant for STEM, Visitor Center Initiatives
NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center was recently awarded a $604,000 grant to implement a new STEM in Action project to develop science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs and upgrades to the Visitor Center.https://www.nasa.gov/feature/wallops-earns-grant-for-stem-visitor-center-initiatives
NASA-Funded Scientific Ballooners Wrap Up Fourth and Final Campaign
The scientists of the BARREL team sent their last balloon soaring toward the stratosphere over Sweden on Aug. 30, 2016, capping off four years of launches to study how electrons precipitate into Earth’s atmosphere. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/nasa-funded-scientific-ballooners-wrap-up-fourth-and-final-campaign
NASA Opens Media Accreditation, New Target Dates Set for Orbital ATK Resupply Launch from Virginia
Media accreditation now is open, with new launch dates, for the next NASA-contracted cargo resupply flight launching from Virginia to the International Space Station. https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-opens-media-accreditation-new-target-dates-set-for-orbital-atk-resupply-launch
Orbital ATK Cygnus Transported for Fueling
The Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft is transported from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility main base to Wallops Island for fueling on the night of September 19, 2016. Cygnus, carrying cargo, supplies and experiments to the International Space Station, is scheduled for launch no earlier than Oct. 9 at 10:47 p.m. EDT on Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport pad 0A on Wallops Island. https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/orbital-atk-cygnus-transported-for-fueling
Date: No Earlier Than (N.E.T) October 9th
Launch Time: 10:47 p.m. EDT
Backup Dates: October 10th – 13th
Launch Vehicle: Antares
Type: Orbital – Cargo Resupply to the International Space Station (ISS)
A more specific date will be identified upon Orbital ATK’s completion of final operational milestones and technical reviews. To stay up to date on the status of the mission please check the Wallops website https://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/home.