The construction of multi-million dollar launch pad facilities at the FAA-commercial licensed Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, VA. continue to be underway in a timely fashion for the launch of the first commercial Orbital Sciences Corporation Taurus-2 booster in about 6-to-9 months. The spaceport manifest of planned flights is expected to rapidly grow upon the launch pad going operational in 2011. The pad water tower is said to be the tallest in the world. Viewers may click the picture to expand and see greater pad facility detail. An “official” pad dedication ceremony is planned for spring 2011.
Many Virginia space advocates remain hopeful that Bigelow Aerospace, SpaceX and other commercial launch firms will opt to launch their cargo and crews from Wallops Island, Va. in this decade.