Wallops Island, VA, USA
Established in 1945 under NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility is one of the oldest launch sites in the world. Wallops' support of scientific research and orbital and suborbital payloads places them at the center of NASA's space and Earth sciences. Built to conduct aeronautical research using rocket-propelled vehicles, Wallops launched its first rocket on July 4, 1945. Since then, they have fulfilled their mission with the launch of more than 16,000 rockets. Over the years, their launch range has grown to include four launch pads, assembly facilities and state-of-the-art instrumentation. In addition, their mobile launch facilities enable scientists and engineers to launch rockets around the world.
The science dictates the launch site; therefore, Wallops provides the expertise and instrumentation to launch, track, acquire data and recover the payload. Wallops philosophy is to provide a fast, cost-efficient and highly flexible response to meet the needs of America's aerospace technology community and science researchers. In addition to supporting NASA's bright stars-Project Mercury, Project Gemini, Project Apollo, and the Space Shuttle missions-Wallops has a proud history of partnering with a diverse customer base to support and launch small projects that contribute significantly to Earth and space science. Wallops continues to meet the needs of the U.S. aerospace program. Recognized as a role model for pioneering productive and innovative government, industry and academic partnerships, Wallops serves as a key operational launch range and supports testing integration and certificaton of NASA and commercial next-generation, cost-efficient orbital launch technologies.Visit >