New Virginia Governor Endorses Wallops Island Spaceport

Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia

In a speech delivered to a joint session of the Virginia legislator, new Gov. Bob McDonnell gave strong support to predecessor Tim Kaine’s efforts to turn Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport into a major commercial space base.

Governor Kaine committed to invest $1.3 million in the Virginia Spaceport. We can make Wallops Island the top commercial Spaceport in America, and I ask you to keep that money in place so that we can aggressively recruit aerospace companies and promote space tourism initiatives.

Orbital Sciences Corporation will launch its Taurus II rockets from the facility. The rockets will carry Cygnus freighters that will resupply the International Space Station.

The state is hoping to attract other launch providers and space tourism companies to the Wallops Island launch complex.