March 10th, 2011
NASA... A Walloping Debut (Event)
This unveiling will occur at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. EDT on March 22. The Horizontal Integration Facility will support medium-class mission capabilities. The first customer to use the facility will be Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., with its Taurus II launch vehicle. Orbital will conduct missions for NASA under the agency's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services project and Commercial Resupply Services program. Integration of the Taurus II in the facility will begin this month, with the first launch expected later this year. The ribbon-cutting ceremony initially was scheduled for Jan. 21, but was postponed due to bad weather.