Officials Break Ground for Commercial Launch Complex in Virginia


Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia

Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia

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 Corporation’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 “another era of discovery” similar to when Capt. John Smith first set foot on the Eastern Shore four centuries ago.

“Here 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,” Mikulski said, calling the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops “a global center…an international center for research and discovery.”

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