[EXPIRED] LNM: Rocket Launch, Jan 22-26, east of Wallops Island, VA
VA – ATLANTIC OCEAN – WALLOPS ISLAND – ROCKET LAUNCH
Mariners are advised the launch director, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia has advised that the area in the Atlantic Ocean within the existing danger zone off Wallops Island and Chincoteague Inlet (depicted in 33 CFR 334.130) as shown on Nautical Ocean Service chart 12210, will be hazardous to navigation because of a rocket launch during the periods and times stated below. The primary launch date is scheduled for Wallops Island, VA on; January 22, 2023 from 17:30 pm to 23:00 pm (Est), with the following back up dates and times: January 23, 2022 to January 26, 2022 daily from 17:30 pm to 21:00 pm (Est) until launched. The following 3 public ship avoidance areas will be in effect during these launch windows bound by: a 60 nautical mile hazard area approximately 53.3 nautical miles east of Wallops Island launch pad at center point of position 37-36.66N /74-24.14W (37°36.6600N / 074°24.1400W, 37.611000 / -74.402333), 113.4 nautical mile hazard area approximately 325.5 nautical miles east of Wallops Island launch pad at center point of position 36-3.28N /69-4.73W (36°3.2800N / 069°4.7300W, 36.054667 / -69.078833), and a 143 nautical mile hazard area approximately 1228.4 nautical miles east of Wallops Island launch pad at center point position 29-6.89N /53-12.34W (29°6.8900N / 053°12.3400W, 29.114833 / -53.205667) . Mariners planning
on operating in these areas are requested to contact “Wallops Plot” via VHF-FM Ch. 12 or Ch. 22 or via landline at (757) 824-1685. For any concerns contact surveillance coordinator Jordan West at (757) 824-2949 or launch director John Dickerson at (757) 894-2094.