February 23, 2010

NASA Increases Support Contract to Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport

NASA has increased the support contract to the Virginia Space Flight Authority/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., to provide launch services for expendable launch vehicles.

The indefinite delivery, indefinite-quantity, with fixed price and cost reimbursable task orders contract addition has a potential value of approximately $43 million through May 3, 2014.

Current and long-term capabilities of Wallops are being enhanced to provide launch services and capabilities to safely and successfully launch small and medium class orbital missions for NASA, other federal organizations and commercial launch providers.

Wallops will be the launch site for the NASA Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Experiment Explorer (LADEE) mission aboard an Air Force Minotaur V rocket in late 2012. Wallops also will support processing and launches through the spaceport for commercial cargo re-supply services to the International Space Station with Orbital Sciences Corporation's Taurus II launch vehicle beginning in 2011.

For more information about the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, visit: http://www.marsspaceport.com

For more information about NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/wallops