Launch Pads at Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
Lodging Near Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, VA
Wallops Island, VA
Location and Lodging Near Launch Pad
Launch pads at Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. Nearby Chincoteague Island and neighboring Assateague Island offer resort amenities, including the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and the Assateague Island National Seashore.
Launch Site Wallops Island, VA
Welcome to Virginia Space and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA), also known as 'Virginia Space,' is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia Space owns and operates the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) and the MARS UMS Airfield.
The Federal Aviation Administration last month granted Rocket Lab, a commercial launch company, a license to fly its small Electron rocket from the facility, Wallops could soon see a significant increase in launches as the company begins launching from this remote site. Rocket Lab is largely focused on national security missions and will launch about one a month.
Northrop Grumman uses its Antares rocket to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station on cargo resupply missions at a rate of about two a year. Northrop also launches its Minotaur rocket from Wallops.
On occasion there are launch delays caused by local weather or weather down range. Delays may also be generated by technical issues, but those are more infrequent than in the past. If you book your hotel for several days you will still be able to see a delayed launch and enjoy the Brownsville area in a meantime .
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