Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) is a commercial space launch facility located at the southern tip of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the Delmarva Peninsula south of Chincoteague, Virginia.
In July 2003, Governors Robert Ehrlich of Maryland and Mark Warner of Virginia signed an agreement that directed the Secretary of Commerce and Trade of Virginia and the Secretary of Business and Economic Development of Maryland to form a working group to develop a concept and implementation plan for joint governance, operation, and administration of the commercial spaceport at Wallops Island. The spaceport, then known as the Virginia Space Flight Center, had been developed[when?] with a combination of federal, state, and private sector funding by the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA).
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport has two active launch pads. A third was proposed, but never built.
Launch pad 0A (LP-0A) was built for the Conestoga rocket, which made its only flight in 1995. The launch tower was subsequently demolished in September 2008, and has now been rebuilt for use by the Orbital Sciences Antares. The pad modifications for Antares included the construction of a Horizontal Integration Facility for launcher/payload mating and a wheeled transporter/erector that will "roll out and erect the rocket on its launch pad about 24 hours prior to launch."
Launch pad 0B (LP-0B) became operational in 1999, and was subsequently upgraded with the construction of a mobile service tower, which was completed in 2004. It remains active, and is currently used by Minotaur rockets.
The first rocket to be launched from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport[clarification needed] was an Orbital Sciences Minotaur I, at 12:00 GMT on 16 December 2006, with two spacecraft, TacSat-2 for the US Air Force, and GeneSat-1 for NASA.
|Launch||Date (UTC)||Vehicle||Payload||Launch pad||Result||Remarks|
|1||December 16, 2006 12:00||Minotaur I||TacSat-2 / GeneSat-1||Pad 0B||Success|
|2||April 24, 2007 06:48||Minotaur I||NFIRE||Pad 0B||Success|
|3||May 19, 2009, 23:55||Minotaur I||TacSat-3||Pad 0B||Success|
|4||June 30, 2011 03:09||Minotaur I||USAF ORS-1 Satellite||Pad 0B||Success|
|5||April 21, 2013 21:00||Antares||Cygnus Mass Simulator||Pad 0A||Success|
|6||September 7, 2013, 03:27||Minotaur V||LADEE mission to Lunar orbit||Pad 0B||Success|
|7||September 18, 2013 14:58||Antares||Cygnus Orb-D1
COTS Demo Mission
|8||November 19, 2013, 20:15||Minotaur I||ORS 3, STPSat3||Pad 0B||Success|
|9||January 7, 2014||Antares||Cygnus CRS Orb-1||Pad 0A||Success||First Cygnus
ISS re-supply mission
|May 1, 2014 ||Antares||Cygnus CRS Orb-2||Pad 0A||ISS re-supply mission||As of: 2013-08-03|
|October 3, 2014 ||Antares||Cygnus CRS Orb-3||Pad 0A||ISS re-supply mission||As of: 2013-12-13|
|2015||Antares||Cygnus CRS Orb-4||Pad 0A||ISS re-supply mission||As of: 2013-08-03|
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