Welcome to the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority
and Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport

MARS Operations


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In partnership with NASA, the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority and Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) is proud to offer full-service launch facilities for commercial, government, scientific and academic users both foreign and domestic.

Our mission is to provide low-cost, safe, reliable, "schedule friendly" space access. Today, amidst development and expansion to meet tomorrow's needs for our business partners, MARS continues to operate a multi-user spaceport at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

VCSFA MARS Missions

Most Recent

  • ORS-1: Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) mission launched from MARS Pad 0B on June 29, 2011 at 2309 EDT.
  • Antares Test Flight: Antares-Cygnus launched to orbit from MARS Pad 0A on April 21, 2013 at 1800 EDT.
  • LADEE: Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer launched to the Moon from MARS Pad 0B on September 6, 2013 at 2357 EDT.
  • Antares Demo Flight: Antares-Cygnus launched cargo to the ISS from MARS Pad 0A on September 18, 2013 at 1058 EDT.
  • ORS-3: Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) mission launched from MARS Pad 0B on November 19, 2013 at 2015 EST.
  • Antares Orb-1/CRS-1: Antares-Cygnus launched cargo to the ISS from MARS Pad 0A on January 9, 2014, 1307 EST.
  • Antares Orb-2/CRS-2: Antares-Cygnus launched cargo to the ISS from MARS Pad 0A on July 13, 2014, at 1252 EDT.

Manifested

  • Antares CRS 3-8: Antares-Cygnus critical cargo resupply missions scheduled to launch to the ISS from MARS Pad 0A.
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February 28, 2014
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January 10, 2014
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September 20, 2013
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Orbital Successfully Launches the Antares Space Launch Vehicle from Virginia to the International Space Station
September 18, 2013
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