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posted by martyb on Tuesday October 24 2017, @02:49AM   Printer-friendly
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Vector, Virginia Space announce upcoming orbital launches from Wallops

This past week, it was announced that nanosatellite launch service provider Vector had inked a deal with the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (more commonly known as Virginia Space) to conduct three commercial flights out of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) over the course of the next two years with possibly five additional launches in the offing.

The agreement was announced by Virginia State Governor Terry McAuliffe with an "engineering unit" of the company's Vector-R launch vehicle being transported from the company's headquarters located in Tucson, Arizona, to MARS. Along for the journey was a Transporter-Erector-Launcher (TEL) – used to erect the rocket into the vertical position.

Vector will also conduct a series of ground and simulated propellant loading operations with the engineering unit and TEL.

Vector is hoping to launch satellites at a cost of $2-3 million per launch using the Vector-R rocket.

MARS is a pretty bad name for a spaceport in Virginia.

Wallops Flight Facility.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 24 2017, @03:47AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 24 2017, @03:47AM (#586707)

    A so-called rocket company signed up to launch its jalopies from an empty parking lot in Virginia?

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