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Senator Barbara Mikulski Visits Wallops
Senator Barbara Mikulski visits Wallops Flight Facility. View Larger Image

Senator Barbara Mikulski, chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, visited NASA’s Wallops Facility in Virginia June 25 to receive an update on the status of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s new pad, from which the vehicle will launch. The first flight of Antares is expected in the next few months after the launch pad is completed in July. Antares is slated to carry Orbital’s Cygnus pressurized cargo module on a demonstration flight under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services in December 2012 and begin carrying supplies to the International Space Station in 2013 under NASA’s Cargo Resupply Services contract with Orbital. The Senator was briefed by Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations; Chris Scolese, director at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center; Frank Culbertson, Orbital’s senior vice president for Human Spaceflight Systems; and Billie Reed, Executive Director of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority.

Senator Barbara Mikulski visits Wallops Flight Facility.View Larger Image

Senator Barbara Mikulski receives an overview on Antares processing operations in the NASA Horizontal Integration Facility at the Wallops Flight Facility from Mike Whalen, Antares Program Field Site Manager for Orbital Science Corporation.