Commonwealth of Virginia

The Commonwealth of Virginia's General Assembly provides funding for the Virginia Space Coast Scholars program. Also known as the "Old Dominion", Virginia was the first permanent New World English colony and is the oldest legislature in the Western Hemisphere. With a population over of over eight million, the Commonwealth has grown from a coal and agriculture-based economy to one where computer chips are the major export. With a burgeoning high-tech and aerospace sector, a wealth of colleges and universities offering science and technology degrees, and the home of two NASA facilities and a commercial spaceport, Virginia is poised to become a leader in the commercial space industry.


NASA Wallops Flight Facility

Established in 1945 under NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), Wallops is one of the oldest launch sites in the world. Wallops' support of scientific research and orbital and suborbital payloads places them at the center of NASA's space and Earth sciences. Built to conduct aeronautical research using rocket-propelled vehicles, Wallops launched its first rocket on July 4, 1945. Since then, they have fulfilled their mission with the launch of more than 16,000 rockets. Over the years, their launch range has grown to include four launch pads, assembly facilities and state-of-the-art instrumentation. In addition, their mobile launch facilities enable scientists and engineers to launch rockets around the world.

The science dictates the launch site; therefore, Wallops provides the expertise and instrumentation to launch, track, acquire data and recover the payload. Wallops philosophy is to provide a fast, cost-efficient and highly flexible response to meet the needs of America's aerospace technology community and science researchers. In addition to supporting NASA's bright stars-Project Mercury, Project Gemini, Project Apollo, and the Space Shuttle missions-Wallops has a proud history of partnering with a diverse customer base to support and launch small projects that contribute significantly to Earth and space science. Wallops continues to meet the needs of the U.S. aerospace program. Recognized as a role model for pioneering productive and innovative government, industry and academic partnerships, Wallops serves as a key operational launch range and supports testing integration and certificaton of  NASA and commercial next-generation, cost-efficient orbital launch technologies.


Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport

MARS is a full-service, FAA licensed spaceport, offering two medium/heavy lift launch pads for low earth orbit (LEO) access. Additionally, MARS clients have access to three suborbital rail launchers, dual bay horizontal integration facility, vehicle/payload storage, processing and launch facilities, a federal launch range and a cadre of experienced space technicians and engineers. MARS features new infrastructure, including a vehicle service tower, state-of-the-art processing facility, and dual-bay horizontal integration facility, both stationary and mobile liquid fueling facilities to provide better service to its customers.