The NASA Wallops Flight Facility celebrated the 75th anniversary of its first launch on Saturday. On June 27, 1945, Wallops launched its first rocket launch – a test rocket to prepare for the first unguided missile test, which will finally be launched on July 4. The June 27 launch was one of eight small rocket launches that took place that day. to test radar systems.
“We have moved from a small range of tests for missile research to now NASA’s first site for suborbital and orbital activities,” NASA Wallops said in its tweet.
“We are taking a break to reflect …”
NASA Wallops commemorated the special day by sharing a collage of return photos and expressed gratitude to all contributors to the Wallops mission.
“On this, our 75th anniversary, we stop to reflect. From our humble beginnings to today, we are grateful for all of these contributors to the Wallops mission. We are proud of our legacy of the past 75 years and are delighted to what is to come in the next 75 years, “NASA Wallops said in a Tweet.
#otd in 1945, Wallops launched its first rocket launch – a test rocket to prepare for the first unguided missile test, which will finally be launched on July 4. June 27 was one of eight small rocket launches that day to test radar systems. pic.twitter.com/2ZwL9MydXH
– NASA Portfolios (@NASA_Wallops) June 27, 2020
The first launch at Wallops consisted of very few resources and technology, which launched the innovation that we got to know about this NASA facility. From this launch, NASA Wallops has continued to grow and become the center of innovation it is today, NASA said in a statement.
“Over its 75-year history, Wallops employees have adopted a spirit of action not only in carrying out NASA’s mission, but also in driving awareness and inspiring our community local, “said Wallops director David L. Pierce in the release.
In 1958, NACA became NASA and, with it, Wallops expanded off the island to include Naval Air Station in 1959. About 7 miles north of Wallops Island, it is now commonly known as the Wallops’ main base, the statement said.