Orbital to Break Ground on New Launch Complex

Orbital Sciences Corporation will break ground on a new launch complex at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at a ceremony on October 6, according to published reports.

The new launch facility on Wallops Island in Virginia will support Orbital’s new Taurus II launch vehicle, which the company is developing under NASA’s COTS program. The rocket is designed to carry cargo and possibly crews to the International Space Station.

The space agency is funding two COTS programs. A California-based company, SpaceX, is building the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX will launch the rocket from a new complex on Cape Canaveral.