WALLOPS: Groundbreaking held at Space Station launchpad
Maryland and Virginia officials held a groundbreaking at a Monday ceremony marking the start of construction of a new launchpad and other facilities to support Orbital Science Corporationâ€™s Taurus II rocket program.
The rocket will be used to carry cargo to the International Space Station. A demonstration flight is scheduled for late next year, followed by eight resupply missions to the International Space Station between 2011 and 2015.
U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said the groundbreaking marked â€œanother era of discoveryâ€ similar to when Capt. John Smith first set foot on the Eastern Shore four centuries ago.
â€œHere on the Eastern Shore, people used to earn their living off the land or off the water…Now they are also going to earn their living off of space,â€ Mikulski said, calling the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops â€œa global center…an international center for research and discovery.â€
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