November 24, 2017

Rocket Launch Lights Up the Sky

The 11th try was it! A Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility early last Thursday. Southern Maryland could see color explosions in the sky a few minutes following the 4:25 am launch.

Early Risers Thursday Could See Launch

Launch

NASA says the launch of the Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket is now scheduled for early Thursday morning, June 29, with a launch window between 4:15 and 4:45 am. This will be the 11th time the launch has been attempted at the Wallops Flight Facility. Southern Maryland skies are in the launch’s viewing range.

Next Gen Jammer Passes Review at Pax

Next Gen Jammer Passes Review at Pax

The Next Generation Jammer program has passed its design review during recent testing at NAS Pax River, NAVAIR officials say.

Mayport Lands East Coast Drone Hub

East Coast Drone Hub Lands in Mayport

Naval Station Mayport in Florida was selected to house the Navy’s new squadron of unmanned aerial surveillance Triton drones. Mayport in Jacksonville was chosen as the drone hub from three finalists. The other two were NAS Key West and NASA Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.

Runway Project Moves Pax Testing to Wallops for Summer

F-35's Gun Pod Trials Completed

A detachment from Naval Air Station Patuxent River will operate from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility this summer. The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force will conduct flight test operations at Wallops with two F-35B Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing variants and two F-35C carrier variants from mid-June to mid-July while NAS Pax is implementing a runway intersection construction project.

Move to Put Drones at Wallops Gains New Support

MQ-4C Triton

The Accomack County, VA, joins lobbying efforts to locate the Navy still-under-development MQ-4C Triton drone program at the Wallops Flight Facility. Two other sites under consideration are in Jacksonville, FL, and Key West, FL.

Wallops Hopes to Land East Coast Drone Hub

drone

Virginia wants to establish a facility for drone testing at the Wallops Flight Facility. Officials say the permanent duty station would provide 400 jobs. It is in competition with Key West Naval Air Station and Mayport Naval Air Station in Florida.

China Builds on Reefs in the South China Sea

China turns previously submerged coral reefs in the Spratlys archipelago into artificial islands complete with buildings, runways and wharves.