Sen. Jim Webb Visits Virginia Spaceport

Sen. Jim Webb Visits Virginia Spaceport

U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (center) on Tuesday made his first official visit to the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Va. Orbital Sciences Corporation is slated to launch the first Taurus-2 rocket to orbit from the commercial spaceport next summer. Thereafter, the Taurus-2 will launch about every six months carrying cargo to the International Space Station. Webb was joined by his chief-of-staff Paul Reagan.

Construction of a new launch pad on Wallops Island is proceeding with completion targeted for spring 2011 and the first launch in summer 2011 following the first in-place test firing of the orbital booster.

Meanwhile, Bigelow Aerospace continues to review the site as a potential future launch site for the UAL Atlas-V to carry humans to a Bigelow private space station around mid-decade, according to attorney Mike Gold.

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