SPACE:commercial spaceport opens in Virginia

Kathryn Aegis (
Tue, 15 Sep 1998 07:44:59 -0700 (PDT)

The first commercial rocket launching site was dedicated yesterday (September 14, 1998) on Wallops Island, Virginia. Known as the Space Flight Center, it was financed largely by private technology corporations, with contributions from Virginia and federal funding sources. Orbital Sciences expects to launch its Taurus series of rockets from the 200-foot tower, and DynCorp and Lockheed Martin also plan to utilize the site. The first launch should occur in the year 2000.