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  1. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility A View of Wallops Bill Wrobel Director, Wallops Flight Facility October 3, 2012

  2. Wallops Flight Facility Snapshot • Facility: • >6000 acres on VA’s Eastern Shore • Established in 1945 • Assets: >$1.2B • Mission:Provide capabilities & services to enable science, technology, and education from space • Suborbital & small orbital “research carriers” • Mission operations (Research Range, orbital tracking) • Technology development • Earth science research • Educational flight projects • Economic Impact: • NASA Budget: ~$218M (FY12) • NASA Workforce: 270 Civil Servants, ~800 contractors • Tenant Workforce: ~600 personnel • National Impact: ~$400M annually, >3100 jobs

  3. Wallops Mission

  4. Sounding Rocket Program • 20 missions using 8 different vehicle configurations conducted from 4 launch sites during FY12 • 25 missions scheduled for FY13

  5. Recent Sounding Rocket Mission Highlights • ATREX – Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment • 5 rockets launched on 80 second intervals • Study of upper atmosphere jet stream • IRVE 3 – Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment • Technology demonstration of deployed inflatable decelerator for atmospheric entry

  6. Balloon Program • 9 successful missions conducted from 3 launch sites during FY12 • Includes test flight of SF-490 balloon film • Includes test flight of Wallops Arc Second Pointer

  7. New Wallops Aircraft • C-23 Sherpa – supporting airborne science • UH-1H Helicopter – providing Launch Range surveillance & clearance • 3-year loan from LaRC • T-34 Mentor – providing chase plane support for Global Hawks • C-130 Hercules (coming soon) – To provide logistics & possibly science missions

  8. Hurricane & Severe Storm Sentinel (HS-3) • Global Hawk UAS flown from WFF during September to conduct hurricane studies • 1st of 3-year program • Wallops Global Hawk Operations Center under construction at WFF for future campaigns

  9. ER-2 Operations At Wallops DFRC’s ER-2 at WFF in September to support Minimum Anticipated Biological Effect Level (MABEL) Included flights over eastern & mid-western U.S. Instruments included GSFC’s CATS & CPL

  10. ISS CREAM CREAM Instrument Structure CREAM Interface Location on JEM EF (EFU2) JEM EF • WFF managing an SMD-sponsored ISS experiment • U of MD’s Cosmic Ray Energetics & Mass (CREAM) • Will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 • Payload readiness date: 9/2014

  11. Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) • WFF supporting an OCT-sponsored program to demonstrate planetary reentry using inflatable structures • Test article dropped from balloon, and accelerated using rocket • 4 flights from Hawaii in 2014-5

  12. Highlights of Wallops Education in 2012 RockOn! HASP University , Community College and High School Internships Wallops Balloon Experience for Education (WBEE) Take a Child to Work SEEC HS3 Workshop FIRST Robotics Wallops Rocket Academy for Teachers and Students (WRATS) 9/19/12

  13. Major Research Range Activities • Operationally Responsive Space-3 (ORS-3) • Minotaur I launch for Operationally Responsive Space Office • Launch date in between July-October 2013 • Lunar Atmosphere & Dust Experiment Explorer (LADEE) • Lunar orbiting spacecraft launched on Minotaur V in Aug. 2013 • Instruments managed by GSFC

  14. Antares • Preparations continue for initial flights of Antares from WFF to resupply cargo to the ISS • Orbital Sciences began vehicle development at WFF in Spring 2011 • Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) turned over the new launch complex to Orbital last week • Schedule • Fueling testing planned during October • Hot Fire Test expected in November • 1st launch possible before end of December

  15. Pad 0A Redevelopment After Before

  16. Antares Processing in the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) 16

  17. Antares Rollout and Transporter ErectorLauncher Operations 17

  18. Cygnus Processing in H-100/Payload Processing Facility

  19. Recent Beach Replenishment