Who is Virginia Spaceport Authority?
As the Digital Age continues to demand increased accessibility and reliability of information and data from space-based technologies, both the federal government and private industry are expected to match this demand with continued and unprecedented commercial space investments over the coming years. This will create a growing demand for multi-purpose launch facilities that can support diverse missions and customers. The Virginia Spaceport Authority (VSA) is prepared to seize this opportunity to further establish the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) as the premier launch facility for small- and mid-class rocket systems and grow its reputation as an innovative, multi-purpose facility with capabilities to support national security missions and civil and commercial activities.
The VSA, a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, owns and operates MARS. This spaceport includes three launch pads, an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Airfield, a Payload Processing Facility (PPF), and an Integration and Control Facility (ICF). These facilities are located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia at Wallops Island. Virginia Spaceport Authority is a tenant organization on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Wallops Flight Facility (WFF). Virginia Space reports to and is governed by its Board of Directors (the Board).