Crews repairing damage to Pad 0A at the Virginia-owned Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Wallops Island, Virginia. The pad, shown here in May 2015, was damaged in October 2014 after an Orbital ATK Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff. Credit: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport

VIDEO | Minotaur Rocket Lofts 29 Satellites from Virginia Spaceport


Astrotech reported higher revenue and operating profit for the three months ending Sept. 30 compared to a year ago on the strength of increased launch services to commercial customers.

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Booster Backlog at Launch Site While Orbital Waits on Virginia


While Orbital Sciences waits for the state of Virginia to turn over its new Wallops Flight Facility launch pad, boosters for the company’s Antares rockets are stacking up.

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Virginia’s Spaceport Needs More Money, Report Says


A newly released report on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at Wallops Island, Va., concluded that increased state funding will be necessary to keep the operation afloat.

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Virginia Urged To Increase Its Spaceport Investment


A study commissioned by the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority calls for the state to make the capital investment necessary to turn the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island into a multi-use facility and attract new customers.

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Florida Fights Launch of Manned Missions from Virginia [Florida Today]


Space and economic development officials in Florida are weighing in against a proposal by NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to consider launches of human spaceflight missions, calling it a “betrayal” of their state’s workers, Florida Today reported.

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Virginia May Give Tax Break for Space Burials [Daily Press]


Virginia is considering legislation to provide a tax incentive for people to have their cremated remains launched into space, the state’s Daily Press newspaper reports. 

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GeoEye is Consolidating Northern Virginia Offices


Imagery satellite operator GeoEye of Dulles, Va., will relocate its headquarters within Virginia next year and plans to add 100 new jobs in the state over the next three years, the company said in an Oct. 12 press release.

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