Jack Kennedy is reporting that U.S. Senator Jim Webb has obtained $21 million in additional federal funding for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia. The funding will go for launch facility and infrastructure improvements. Orbital Sciences Corporation plans to launch its Taurus II rocket to resupply the International Space Station from the spaceport.
The federal money comes on top of millions of dollars that Virginia is investing into the seaside space facility. The General Assembly recently approved $10 million for improvements to the spaceport. This expenditure is in addition to $16 million that Virginia has spent improving the facility over the past two years.