In partnership with NASA, the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority and Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) is proud to offer full-service launch facilities for commercial, government, scientific and academic users both foreign and domestic.
Our mission is to provide low-cost, safe, reliable, "schedule friendly" space access. Today, amidst development and expansion to meet tomorrow's needs for our business partners, MARS continues to operate a multi-user spaceport at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Virginia Space Statement Regarding 28 October 2014 Orbital Sciences Corporation Launch Failure
The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority confirms that the Orbital Antares rocket launch from Wallops Flight Facility was not successful. Shortly after lift-off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad 0A on 28 October 2014 at 6:22 p.m. Eastern time, the launch vehicle experienced a catastrophic failure.
No injuries have been reported and all personnel around NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility launch site have been accounted for.
At this time, it is too early to know the extent of the damage to Pad 0A although initial reports state the damage was contained on the south end of Wallops Island in a pre-determined hazard area which was cleared before, during and after the launch in accordance with standard safety procedures. A full assessment of the situation is under way.
The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority will work in conjunction with our partners, NASA and Orbital Sciences Corporation, as Orbital takes the lead in the investigation. Additional information will be released as it becomes available and verified.
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