Vector signs deal to launch from Wallops

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Capitalism in space: Vector has signed an agreement with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia to do commercial launches of its smallsat rocket there.

Vector Space Systems officials and Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne announced during a demonstration of the Vector-R launch vehicle at Launch Pad 0-B on Wallops Island that Vector has contracted to conduct three commercial orbital missions in the next two years from the Wallops spaceport, with an option for five additional launches.

Vector still needs to complete its test program, as its Vector-R rocket has not yet reached orbit.


One comment

  • Edward

    I guess Georgia’s Camden County launch site is not yet adequate for space launches. Vector did a test at Camden last August 3.

    From the article: “The ability to accommodate such a quick turnaround and so many launches is ‘a major reason why we’re here [at Wallops].’ … ‘We need flexibility, we need to be able to move fast, we need certainty,’ is what Vector hears from its customers, Garvey said, adding, ‘There’s only very few (launch sites) that have the ability to act that way — and this is one of those.’

    This is a big clue for other spaceports to attract launch companies. SpaceX also needed the Eastern Range to adapt to its need for quick turnaround.

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