New Virginia Governor Endorses Wallops Island Spaceport

Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia

In a speech delivered to a joint session of the Virginia legislator, new Gov. Bob McDonnell gave strong support to predecessor Tim Kaine’s efforts to turn Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport into a major commercial space base.

Governor Kaine committed to invest $1.3 million in the Virginia Spaceport. We can make Wallops Island the top commercial Spaceport in America, and I ask you to keep that money in place so that we can aggressively recruit aerospace companies and promote space tourism initiatives.

Orbital Sciences Corporation will launch its Taurus II rockets from the facility. The rockets will carry Cygnus freighters that will resupply the International Space Station.

The state is hoping to attract other launch providers and space tourism companies to the Wallops Island launch complex.

Look Out Cape Canaveral! Here Comes Wallops

Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia

Meeting to focus on long-term Wallops vision
Delmarvanow.com

A diverse group of politicians, professors and aerospace industry representatives is meeting Wednesday in Richmond to formulate a long-term vision for Wallops’ space complex.

A draft version of that vision includes the idea that it will become “the aerospace provider of choice for the Northeast region.”

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Tumlinson Hired to Promote Wallops Island for Space Tourism

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Expert sees space tourists, businesses, hotels in area
Delmarvanow

Rick Tumlinson envisions humans launched into space from Wallops Island in the not-too-distant future.

Tumlinson is the man who signed up Dennis Tito, the world’s first space tourist, who spent over a week in orbit in 2001 and reportedly paid up to $20 million for the trip on a Russian rocket.

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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Vows Support for Virginia Spaceport

Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia

Virginia Sen. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic nominee for governor, sent a letter to Accomack County officials pledging support for development of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island. His Republican opponent, Bob McDonnell, has voiced similar support for the growing spaceport.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Wants Space Tourism at Virginia Spaceport

Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia

McDonnell says Wallops to be premier U.S. spaceport
Delmarvanow.com

The newest destination in Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell’s transportation plan is out of this world. Literally.

McDonnell on Thursday pledged a tenfold boost in state funding for Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island off Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

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Groups Work Together to Develop Viriginia Spaceplex on Wallops Island

Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia

Symposium to focus on Spaceport
Delmarvanow

An academic symposium will be held this fall to explore the potential of what officials are calling “Virginia’s Spaceplex” in the Wallops Island area.

Accomack County and state officials met with representatives from several state universities Wednesday in Richmond to hear preliminary proposals for a concept study for the Wallops area, which would emphasize developing a vision for its potential and which eventually would lead to an economic impact analysis and concrete recommendations.

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Counties Fight Over Business for Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport

OSC's Taurus II rocket at Wallops Island.
OSC's Taurus II rocket at Wallops Island.

Accomack, Worcester poised to battle for spaceport-related businesses
Delmarvanow.com

It appears competition between Accomack County in Virginia and its northern neighbor, Worcester County, Md., is heating up in an effort to attract business associated with Orbital Science’s Taurus II rocket program and other growth at Wallops Island.

Despite talk of cooperation between Maryland and Virginia at a groundbreaking for the project last week at Wallops, Accomack County officials Wednesday at a Board of Supervisors meeting appeared ready to fight Worcester for economic development dollars.

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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
Delmarvanow.com

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.

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Virginia Space Flight Authority Official Receives Entrepreneur Award

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Entrepreneurs receive honors
The Hampton Roads Business Journal

Inside Business in conjunction with Regent University’s School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship hosted the 2009 Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards June 22 at The Founders Inn in Virginia Beach.

In all, 11 businesspeople received honors and Billie Reed, executive director of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, was given the 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work to bring the authority from being 100 percent supported by public funds to 85 percent self-supported.

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Work Beginning to Pick Up at Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport

Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia

 

Spaceport’s project manager thrives in a unique job
Delmarvanow.com

When the Minotaur rocket carrying the TacSat-3 military satellite blasted off last month from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, one of the people who helped it happen was a Saxis native and mother of two whose job it is to ensure spaceport customers have everything they need to succeed.

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Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Gearing Up for Taurus II Operations

Artist's conception of OSC's Taurus II rocket at Wallops Island.
Artist's conception of OSC's Taurus II rocket at Wallops Island.

Tour offers peek at ‘exciting time’ ahead for spaceport: 2010 Taurus mission will bring $50K in infrastructure
Delmarvanow.com

Billie Reed, executive director of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, led the two-hour bus tour of NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the spaceport for about 50 guests, including state and local officials.

“It’s an exciting time. Things are, as they say, really beginning to take off,” Reed told the crowd.

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NASA to Designate Wallops Research Park

Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia

NASA PRESS RELEASE

NASA will join with Accomack County, Virginia, and the Marine Science Consortium, a nonprofit educational institution comprised of 14 State of Pennsylvania colleges and universities, to officially recognize the establishment of the Wallops Research Park during a ceremony at 10 a.m., May 6, at the Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center, Wallops Island, Va.

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