Skip to comments.New Private Rocket Arrives at Virginia Launch Pad for Tests
Posted on 10/18/2012 1:24:12 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
A private rocket NASA is counting on to make robotic cargo flights to the International Space Station achieved a key milestone today (Oct. 1), as its first stage rolled out to its Virginia launchpad for the first time.
The first stage of Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket arrived today at its pad at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), which is located at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. The move marks the beginning of on-pad preparations for a series of important trials with Antares that will take place over the next few months, Orbital officials said.
The company aims to perform hot-fire tests of the first stage in four or five weeks, followed by Antares' first test flight about a month later. If all goes well, Antares will then launch Orbital's unmanned Cygnus capsule on a demonstration mission to the space station, officials said.
"MARS has completed construction and testing operations on its launch complex at Wallops Island, the first all-new large-scale liquid-fuel launch site to be built in the U.S. in decades," Orbital president and CEO David Thompson said in a statement.
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You didn’t build this.
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I can’t wait.
This is practcally in my backyard. A number of friends work on Wallops, and I have oter friends that live right across the bay from the launch pad. Launch parties there are super!!!!
Thanks Jack Hydrazine.
Be sure to get some good photos when you get the chance!