December 7, 2010

Taurus II Stage One Core Arrives at Wallops

The Taurus II stage one core structure arrived safely at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Friday, December 3.

The arrival at Wallops marked the end of a journey that began in Ukraine, where the core was manufactured. The journey included a trip by rail in Ukraine and then by ship across the Atlantic Ocean. It reached the shore of the United States at the Port of Wilmington in Delaware. From there, it was transported via a specially designed trailer to the Wallops Flight Facility.

The core is the first stage of the Taurus II vehicle, and measures approximately 90 feet in length. With no propellant in the tanks, the core weighs 29,000 lbs.

The Taurus II rocket, slated to launch mid-2011, is designed by Orbital Sciences Corporation. Orbital is one of two companies awarded contracts with NASA to transport cargo to the International Space Station.

Orbital chose the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility as the launch site for Taurus II.

"We are pleased to be working with Orbital. Accepting the core is a very important first step in the process of working towards launching Taurus II," said Bill Wrobel, Director of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.


Image Caption: Photo of the Taurus II Core Arrival at Wallops Flight Facility. Credit: NASA


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