NASA Increases Wallops' Support Contract

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) — NASA says it has increased the support contract for its Virginia Space Flight Authority/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Va.

Officials said the contract addition for the Wallops Flight Facility to provide launch services for expendable launch vehicles 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,” the space agency said in a statement.

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

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