Space travel is hard

When you think of outer space exploration, most folks from my generation tend to think of Florida’s Cape Canaveral, rather than Virginia’s Eastern Shore or Wallops Island. However, when it comes to manned space travel or space exploration, there has been a lot more activity in Virginia than Florida the past few years. You probably know nothing …

NASA to Launch Rockets Today … From a Virginia (not Florida) Location

Later this morning NASA is scheduled to launch two sounding rockets at the Wallops Flight Facility in Chincoteague Island, Virginia. The launches were scrubbed yesterday because of weather complications. What is the big deal about the story? Well, it is not Florida, it is Virginia. Growing up in Florida and having seen many space shuttle …

Texas High School Wins Ninth Team America Rocketry Challenge

This weekend were the finals for the annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) held in Great Meadow, Virginia just outside Washington, DC. In its ninth year, the event is hosted by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), among others. The competition seems to keep growing every year, with more …

Pelosi Reaches for the Ground

Space travel has been an exciting new phase in our history.  As the most experienced and technologically advanced nation in this field, the United States has been in a unique position to chart the growth of the industry and should continue to do so.  It took vision and leadership to get us to the moon, …