Vector, an Arizona-based company that has done test flights from California and Georgia, announced Oct. 19 it plans to make its first orbital launch from a Virginia site as soon as next summer.
A Virginia-owned launchpad damaged in October when Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket exploded moments after liftoff is almost fixed, but the company is at loggerheads with the state and the federal government over who should pay the last $2 million owed in repairs.
After the failure of an Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket caused as much as $20 million in damage to a state-owned launch pad, Virginia’s two U.S. senators said they may seek federal funds to cover repair costs.
Should Orbital convert its Antares rocket into an all-solid-fuel vehicle, the company will have to overhaul its launch infrastructure on Virginia’s eastern shore and figure out how to comply with a NASA launch safety rule written to protect area bystanders from broken glass.
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Second of nine pressurized cargo-supply modules Thales Alenia is building for Orbital Sciences Corp. arrives at the company's Wallops Island, Va., facility.
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WASHINGTON — Orbital Sciences Corp., one of two companies under contract to fly cargo to the international space station for NASA, has been cleared by the U.S. space agency to begin launch pad operations at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island, Va.