Taurus II Launch Pad Construction to Begin This Summer

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OSC's Taurus II rocket at Wallops Island.

OSC's Taurus II rocket at Wallops Island.

Construction of a new launch pad for Orbital Science Corp.’s Taurus II rocket should begin this summer, the company’s launch site manager said.

Orbital ultimately expects to be capable of doing four to six launches a year from Wallops, launch site manager Norman Bobczynski said. The company’s choice of Wallops as the home base for its Taurus II project will bring $40 million to $100 million of investment into the area from Orbital, NASA and the state, Bobczynski said.

Bobczynski recently gave an update on the project to the Eastern Shore Defense Alliance, which is a group of area business people and others interested in supporting defense-related organizations on the Eastern Shore. Orbital Sciences has become a corporate member of the alliance.

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