The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA), also known as ‘Virginia Space,' was created by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1995, with the legislated mission of promoting commercial space activity, economic development and aerospace research within the Commonwealth.
Virginia Space began its lease at Wallops Island in 1997 and continually expanded the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) facilities to its present day level of capabilities, with two launch facilities (one mid-class and one small-class launch facility), as well as access to support infrastructure facilities through agreements with NASA, such as vehicle and payload processing integration facilities, support instrumentation and emergency facilities.
MARS is licensed by the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation for launches to orbital trajectories. MARS is only one of four spaceports in the U.S. that is currently licensed to launch to orbit, and is only one of two on the east coast.
Building upon a 55-year legacy of experience gained during over 16,000 rockets launched from NASA Wallops Flight Facility, MARS provides a competitive alternative for responsive, cost effective, reliable, and mission capable Space Access.