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Congratulations Minotaur, Damn You

Wallops Island and I don’t get along

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Wallops Island and I don’t get along.

Twice in the last two years I’ve made the long drive from my home in ex-urban Washington D.C., hoping to finally see an orbital launch from this quaint and historic launch site on Virginia’s eastern shore.

Twice I’ve come away empty-handed.

It happened for the second time Tuesday night, when the launch team at Wallops had to scrub the planned liftoff of a Minotaur rocket with the Defense Department ORS-1 satellite onboard, due to rainy weather. I couldn’t stay another day, so I missed last night’s launch, which went off (of course) without a hitch:

That should have been me cheering.

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