The Wallops Incident Response Team completed an initial assessment of Wallops Island today following the catastrophic failure of Orbital’s Antares rocket occurring shortly after lift off Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 6:22 p.m. EDT. Read more:

“In the coming days and weeks ahead we'll continue to assess the damage on the island and begin the process of moving forward to restore our space lift capabilities. There's no doubt in my mind that we will rebound stronger than ever,” said Bill Wrobel, Wallops Flight Facility director.
The Wallops team met with a group of state and local officials, including the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia Marine Police, and the U.S. Coast Guard. The initial assessment is a cursory look; it will take many more weeks to further understand and analyze the full extent of the effects of the event.
Further updates on the situation and the progress of the ongoing investigation will be available at: and
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