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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center`s Wallops Flight Facility, located on Virginia`s Eastern Shore, was established in 1945 by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, as a center for aeronautic research. Normal operating hours are Monday through Friday, 6 AM to 6 PM.
Wallops is now NASA`s principal facility for management and implementation of suborbital research programs. The Wallops Mission Plan includes the following objectives:
1. To help achieve NASA`s strategic objectives for scientific and educational excellence through cost efficient integration, launch, and operations of suborbital and small orbital payloads.
2. To enable scientific, educational, and economic advancement by providing the facilities and expertise to enable frequent flight opportunities for a diverse customer base.
3. To serve as a key facility for operational test, integration, and certification of NASA and commercial next-generation, low-cost orbital launch technologies.
4. To pioneer productive and innovative government, industry, and academic partnerships.
The research and responsibilities of Wallops Flight Facility are centered around the philosophy of providing a fast, low cost, highly flexible and safe response to meet the needs of the United States` aerospace technology interests and science research. The 1000 full-time Civil Service and contractor NASA Wallops employees act as a team to accomplish our mission in the spirit of this philosophy.
NASA also opens its unique facilities to industry for space and aeronautics research. Wallops expects an increase in commercial launch activity in the very near future.