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.
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.
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.
Forty years after astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, two busloads of Delmarva’s movers and shakers this week got a peek at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, which supporters hope will be the next space venture to capture the public’s imagination.
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 Scienceâ€™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.
Wallops Island facility to be ‘Cape Canaveral of North’ The Baltimore Sun
David Smith, a state official from Virginia, which joined with Maryland six years ago to operate a commercial spaceflight center with the lofty acronym MARS, says the area is on track to become “the Cape Canaveral of the North.”
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 Corporationâ€™s Taurus II rocket program.
Entrepreneurs receive honors The Hampton Roads Business Journal
Inside Business in conjunction with Regent Universityâ€™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.
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.
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.
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.