Collective cheers were heard in Tysons Corner the morning of Aug. 12.

Had Salvatore Ferragamo finally opened its doors at Tysons Galleria?

Not yet. The exclusive Italian shoemaker is scheduled to open in mid-September.

No, the woo-hoos came from across International Drive, from the employees of International Launch Services. The Tysons Corner company, a Lockheed Martin joint venture, managed the launch of the Atlas V rocket, which sent the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter into space.

The 19-story Atlas V launcher lifted off at 7:43 a.m. that morning, and the orbiter separated from it 58 minutes later, departing for a seven-month journey to the red planet.

"We're pleased that our first mission for NASA on Atlas V is such an exciting and important project," said Mark Albrecht, president of International Launch Services, in a written statement.

Board of Trade Splits Ticket

The Greater Washington Board of Trade's Virginia political action committee gave a thumbs-up to three Democrats and three Republicans in Fairfax County in the Virginia House of Delegates races this November.

"We endorsed these candidates for their support of Board of Trade priorities, with particular emphasis on health care system innovations and funding for transportation and higher education," said Virginia PAC co-chair John Heller, a vice president of IDI Group, in a statement released last week.

The regional business group endorsed Democrats Del. Vivian E. Watts in Annandale, David Marsden in Fairfax, and Greg Werkheiser in Springfield and Republicans Del. Vincent F. Callahan Jr. in McLean, John Mason in Fairfax City, and Del. Thomas Davis Rust in Herndon.

Attention Entrepreneurs

Tired of being a worker bee? On Sept. 13 at 8 a.m., the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, along with the Virginia Department of Business Assistance and U.S. Small Business Administration, will sponsor the seminar "Starting a Business in Fairfax County."

The seminar will be held at the FCEDA headquarters at 8300 Boone Blvd., Suite 450, in Tysons Corner.

Movers and Shakers

* Robert H. Brumley has signed on as the new president and chief executive officer of TerreStar Networks Inc., a McLean company that builds advanced mobile satellite services. Brumley formerly worked at Pegasus Global Corp.

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