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NASA renews launch site services contract at Virginia spaceport

Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport launch pad.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport launch pad.

NASA intends to award a five-year contract to the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA) for launch site services supporting missions conducted from the agency's Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) in Virginia. NASA announced the contract award on Friday.

VCSFA, under the commercial name of Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, operates a commercial spaceport at the only NASA-owned launch range located at WFF through the 30-year Reimbursable Space Act Agreement, which was signed on Feb. 18, 1997.

VCSFA currently owns two orbital launch pads on the NASA WFF Launch Range that are currently suitable for launching orbital payloads and supporting equipment and has the only FAA license to operate a launch site at WFF to conduct government and commercial launches.

“Since the two launch pads are owned and operated by VCSFA, NASA will not have the ability to use either of those two launch pads for NASA-sponsored launches beyond May 3, the expiration of the current contract,” the space agency said in contract documents.

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