Virginia Space Makes History


Activity at MARS Launch Site Takes Off


The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, known as Virginia Space, was created in 1995 to promote space activity and research in the Commonwealth. Virginia Space established the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, appropriately known as MARS, in 1997 and colocated the spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Virginia’s long history in the aerospace industry dates back to 1917, when the Commonwealth partnered with NASA’s predecessor to establish the nation’s first civil aeronautics lab.

Today, MARS is one of only four commercial sites authorized by the FAA for orbital space launches in the U.S. The spaceport includes two launch pads to accommodate both liquid and solid fuel vehicles. MARS’ location offers an ideal trajectory for earth orbit insertion, and through its partnership with NASA, provides a full range of services to ensure safe and low-cost access to space.
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AREVA Inc. Announces Investment and COE Designation in Virginia

Operations in Lynchburg and Campbell County were designated as the company's Center of Excellence for Nuclear Products and Services in North America.
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Oceaneering International Expands in the Commonwealth

New facility in Chesapeake will be the site for consolidation of Oceaneering's Marine Services Division.
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Greif Announces $45 Million Investment in Virginia

Company plans to upgrade equipment at Riverville Mill in Amherst County.
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SAY "YES" TO VIRGINIA

Dale Nash, Executive Director of Virginia Space, explores the history-making launches that have recently taken place, confirming Virginia’s leadership in the space industry.
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VIRGINIA VICTORIES

U.S. News & World Report
Recognizes Virginia’s Colleges and Universities
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Federal Aviation Administration
Selects Virginia Tech as Test Site for Unmanned Aircrafts
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Virginia’s Transportation Infrastructure
Posts a Banner Year
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