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June marked the annual National Test Pilot School Flight Test Camp for local high school students. As part of the camp, students boarded the Stargazer L-1011 were they spent 2 hours learning about rocket science from the folks at Orbital ATK. Check out the pictures and article here.
XCOR brought their customers to Mojave for the first time. Check out the article here!
Virgin Galactic recently published the following video introducing their pilot corps.
Kitplanes Magazine recently published a great article about the annual Mojave Experimental Fly-In. Read it here.
Airport Business recently published an article about Mojave Air and Space Port. You can read it here.
NASA recently published an article outlining their recent successful test flights and collaboration with Masten Space Systems. You can view the article here.
KGET recently filmed at the Mojave Air and Space Port. You can check out the video and article here.
Alan Boyle, at NBC News, wrote an article about how the engineers at Virgin Galactic have been coping with the recent loss of SpaceShip Two. You can read the article here.
On August 28, 2014 SpaceShipTwo glided over the Mojave Desert for the 33rd time. You can read Alan Boyle’s NBC News article here.
Mojave pilots are getting ready to head to Oshkosh. Check out the Kitplanes article and photograph here.
Mojave Air and Space Port
MOJAVE — Mojave Air and Space Port Board President, Joann Painter, announced today that CEO and General Manager Stuart O. Witt has agreed to stay on the job managing the nation’s first commercial spaceport for another 18 months until January 2016. “Exciting events are on the books for the […]
Many unique aircraft from Mojave are heading to Oshkosh this year. Read more about it here.
An article was published today, by NBC News about Virgin Galactic and their new Spaceport America. You can check it out here.
Masten Space Systems has been selected as one of NASA’s partners for U.S. Commercial Lander Capabilities. See the article here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mojave Air & Space Port Brings New Expertise to the Board of Directors
Mojave, CA. April 24, 2014 – April 2014 ushered in two new appointed board members to the Mojave Air & Space Port. Both newly appointed members bring a depth of expertise in two specific […]
[SatNews] At 12:15 on March 29, 2014, Interorbital Systems’ Common Propulsion Module Test Vehicle (CPM TV) thundered off its mobile launch unit on its maiden flight. See the SatNews article here.
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MOJAVE AIR & SPACE PORT: THE MODERN DAY KITTY HAWK
Short film celebrates how Mojave has become the focal point
of the emerging commercial spaceflight industry
Mojave, California – February 21, 2014 – A new short film has been released that
NBC News featured an article, Virgin Galactic Helps Build the New Space Age in the Mojave Desert, written by Alan Boyle, on February 10, 2014.
Check out this video of the latest test of NASA/JPL’s G-FOLD divert algorithm experimental landing system last September aboard Xombie in Mojave.
The Economist featured an article about Mojave, “Private Space Flight: Cluster Analysis”, on December 21, 2013.
The Washington Post featured an article about Mojave, Which Way To Space, by Joel Achenbach on November 23, 2013.
Subcommittee on Space hearing – Commercial Space on November 20, 2013.
At dawn on October 21, 2013, Interorbital Systems conducted a short-burn flight qualification run of its main rocket engine in a spectacular hot-firing at the Mojave Spaceport. An incandescent 24-foot beam of fire thundered from the engine’s ablative combustion chamber, generating 7,500-lbs of thrust.
The test verified several new software […]
Right now, Elliot Seguin is exactly where he wants to be. The flight test engineer and pilot is either in the cockpit of his Wasabi Air Racing airplane at the Reno Air Races, flying an airplane he designed and built. Or he could be on the ground, working on making […]
VIRGIN GALACTIC FLEXES SPACESHIPTWO’S UNIQUE FEATHER MECHANISM IN SECOND SUPERSONIC FLIGHT
Company Demonstrates All Technical Mission Phases in Single Flight for the First Time, Confirms On Track to Commence Commercial Service in 2014
MOJAVE, Calif. – Today, Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline owned by Sir […]
At a tent talk session during AirVenture Oshkosh, Elliot Seguin of Scaled Composites led a team of DIYers from Mojave, California, in unveiling the Wasabi Special. The goal for the composite single-seater is to compete as Race 68 in the Formula One class […]
Footage from the Flight Testing of The Wasabi Special (The Siren), compiled over a year and 40 flights.
Video Edited by Logan Seguin
Color Correction by Alexander Schwab
Music: “Windowlicker” by Aphex Twin
Elliot Seguin – Experimental Test Pilot/Designer
July 15, 2013
The National Test Pilot School Announces the Successful Completion of the Inaugural NTPS Flight Test Camp for Local High School Students
MOJAVE, CA – (July 15, 2013) – The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) today announced the completion of the inaugural […]
April 29, 2013
Congratulations, Virgin Galactic!
Sir Richard Branson witnesses vehicle-proving milestone as company sets year-end goal for spaceflight
MOJAVE, Calif. – Today, Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s aabar Investments PJS, completed the first rocket-powered flight of its space vehicle, […]
Interorbital’s team was recently interviewed on The Space Show!
Posted by NASA Dryden January 24, 2013
Imagine hypersonic breakthroughs that enable future missions to Mars, exponentially better sensors for aircraft and spacecraft that reduce weight and increase safety, and control systems that automatically react to flight conditions before emergency situations arise.
Researchers at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif., can see […]
ANTELOPE VALLEY – Mojave Air and Space Port CEO Stuart Witt has been selected to receive the 2013 Antelope Valley Board of Trade Navigating Change Award for his efforts in attracting and retaining business at the […]
Creating a safe place for businesses to make mistakes is a tall order these days, particularly in risk-averse California and especially if human lives are at stake. But without the freedom to try and to […]
Sir Richard Branson wants his tourist spaceship also to become a high-altitude science platform.
The billionaire’s rocket plane will carry six fare-paying passengers just above the atmosphere to experience a few minutes of weightlessness.
But the vehicle has been designed so that its seats can be […]
Rep. McCarthy Seeks to Rename Dryden Flight Research Center as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center
Washington D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy today announced legislation to redesignate the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Dryden Flight Research Center as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center and the Western Aeronautical Test Range as the Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range. Joining Congressman McCarthy in […]
Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, today dropped into his Mojave, Calif.-based Virgin Galactic space company as part of a visit to the Los Angeles area. During his visit, Sir Richard, accompanied by his daughter, Holly, toured the extensive facilities and met informally with the Mojave-based workforce […]
On a calm clear high-desert October evening, Interorbital Systems’ NEPTUNE rocket series’ main engine roared to life in its first hot-firing test. The engine, the IOS GPRE 7.5KNTA (General Purpose Rocket Engine; 7,500lb-thrust; Nitric Acid; Turpentine; Ablative cooling), blasted a 22-foot (6.71-meter) plume of fire across Interorbital’s […]
Scores of young rocket scientists, aerospace engineers and technicians who have come to work at this former World War II military base in the Mojave Desert to build the next generation of spacecraft.
The first thing you see as you drive into the Mojave Air and Space Port is a reminder of how hard it is to get into space.
Towering over the entrance is the white cone of the Rotary Rocket, […]
Inside one of the bustling ramshackle hangars at the Mojave Air & Space Port, 23-year-old Kyle Nyberg is tightening dozens of stainless-steel nuts that make up the innards of the rocket sitting before him.
As the searing desert heat […]
If SpaceShipTwo, with its spacious interior and three rows of passenger seats in back and two up front for a pilot and co-pilot, is a kind of space minivan, then the XCOR Lynx is a space Corvette.
Happy Independence Day from Masten headquarters! It’s been a while since we released a video but trust us, we’ve been busy! In addition to multiple client projects and bending metal in the shop on yet-to-be-unveiled rocket hardware, we’ve […]
July 09, 2012
Guy Norris Mojave, Calif.
The Farnborough air show has seen plenty of “firsts” over the decades, but the appearance this year of the first passenger-carrying suborbital commercial spacecraft takes this prestigious event […]
By: Allison Gatlin, Antelope Valley Press, July 4, 2012
Legislation intended to preserve and grow the emerging commercial spaceflight industry in California and place it on equal footing with efforts in other states is making headway through the state Legislature.
“We’re very encouraged,” said Stu Witt, CEO of the Mojave Air and Space Port. “We’re […]
Virgin Galactic’s bid to start launching ticket-carrying passengers to the edge of space is aiming for a first liftoff by the end of next year, but the plan depends heavily on the success […]
NEW YORK Thrill seekers looking for the ultimate rocket ride may soon turn that dream into a reality aboard a new suborbital spaceship, a winged rocket plane slated to start launching space […]
It was just a coincidence, but a cool one, that I got a chance to visit the Mojave Spaceport so soon after the dramatic “New Space” success of the launch and Space Station docking […]
BY STEVEN MAYER Californian staff writer
email@example.com | Sunday, May 27 2012 05:00 AM
Romance. Danger. Pushing the envelope. Channeling The Right Stuff.
Space flight has long captured the popular imagination, from Baby Boomer kids watching from their […]
According to Greg Autry, who teaches economics at UC Irvine and studies the growth of the private space industry, most of these companies aren’t making money. But he estimates that there’s more […]
MOJAVE, Calif. The sign into town, slightly weathered, says Gateway to Space!
Beyond it lies the Mojave Air and Space Port, once a Marine auxiliary air station during World […]
At 10 on Saturday morning, Scaled Composites flung open the gates to its facility at the Mojave Air and Space Port for the company’s first ever Career Day.
“It was really wild and a flood of people came […]
By Douglas Messier, Parabolic Arc Managing Editor, April 27, 2012
A company led by the Virgin Group’s Director of Special Projects Alex Tai is the Mojave Air and Space Port’s newest tenant.
Last week, the East Kern Airport District Board of Directors authorized […]
“California can have either all the regulation or all the business, but it can’t have both.”
That was the message delivered to a high-level […]
Recorded February 28, 2012, Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 by Moonandback.com
Stuart Witt talks about policies in California, industries they’ve lost, and how they can retain the companies doing innovative work today.
Mojave Air & Space Port General Manager, Stuart Witt, talks with MM about the current regulatory and political business climate in California and contrasts that with the nourishing environment in other states.
Stuart Witt is celebrating his 10th anniversary as CEO and General Manager of the Mojave Air and Space Port. He reminisced a bit about his decade as head of […]
Kiruna, Sweden (Spaceport Sweden PR) On Tuesday, March 27th, TEDx comes to above the Arctic Circle, bringing an inspiring day full of energy and ideas worth spreading.
TEDxKiruna will be held at the Swedish […]
The 2012 Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Trophy will be awarded in the Lifetime Achievement category to Burt Rutan and in the Current Achievement to the Cassini-Huygens Flight team. They will be presented their awards March 21 at a black-tie dinner in Washington, D.C.
“The winners of the 2012 Trophy Awards have challenged the […]
Space advocates believe that privatization promises a revolution in the way we use outer space. It heralds a renaissance in American aerospace manufacturing. It will almost certainly transform the global economy.
Welcome to Mojave Air & Space Port, a place […]
By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
February 28, 2012, 6:03 p.m.
California is at risk of losing aerospace companies to other states if it doesn’t become more business friendly, said Stuart Witt, chief executive of the Mojave Air & Space Port.
Speaking at the Next-Generation Suborbital Research Conference, […]
For the last several years there has been a flurry of activity at the state level in the form of legislation and other initiatives to support commercial space ventures: tax policies, liability indemnification, support […]
Mojave Air and Space Port CEO and General Manager Stu Witt will be visiting Sacramento next week to lobby California lawmakers to provide regulatory relief and the types of incentives that other states have been providing to […]
Attention, Mojave spaceport workers!
Do you wish there was something to do at night in Mojave? Looking for a place to work on your own projects? Want to meet people from other companies who share your interests?
The Mojave Makers want to make […]
By Jason Paur at Wired Autopia February 15, 2012
Masten Space Systems and Draper Laboratory have successfully tested an autonomous rocket powered lander aimed at testing new guidance systems for future unmanned spacecraft. The rocket-powered vertical take-off and landing test is part of a NASA program initially aimed at developing inexpensive, reusable vehicles […]
By Alan Boyle, CosmicLog.com, Feb 4 2012
Commercial spaceship companies are due to get some additional breathing space, thanks to legislation that was approved by the House on Friday and seems certain to become law.
The provision takes up just a few words in the reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration, but the […]
By Leonard David, SPACE.comâ€™s Space Insider Columnist Date: 03 February 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. â€” This year is key for Virgin Galactic’s bid to become the first commercial spaceliner service, as rocket-powered flights of its SpaceShipTwo are on the books for summer.
Meanwhile, assembly of a second vehicle pair â€” the WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane […]
By Joyce Grant, Ridgecrest Daily Independent, Feb. 1, 2012
Ridgecrest, Calif. â€” On January 24 Congressman Kevin McCarthy, stated that he supports an extension of a provision that limits the ability of the FAA to enact commercial spaceflight safety regulations. The Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act (CSLAA), legislation passed in 2004, is set to expire […]
BY STEVEN MAYER Californian staff writer
firstname.lastname@example.org | Saturday, Jan 28 2012 05:00 PM
MOJAVE AIR & SPACE PORT — Aerospace types love this rural desert location for its clear, dry weather, its sparse population and its comfortable distance from major news outlets.
But Dave Masten, CEO of Masten Space Systems, says there’s another […]
Eight years ago, I witnessed firsthand the beginning of a new space age right here in Kern County: the era of private spaceflight. Thousands flocked to Mojave to watch SpaceShipOne, the first privately […]
A visit to a wooden hangar where the future is being born
Brian Doherty from the February 2012 issue of Reason Magazine
The sight is a wickedly thin line of shimmering and vibrant pale green. The sensation is a warm pulse. The sound is muffled to insensibility by high-grade ear protection. On my tape recorder […]
By Clare O’Connor, Forbes Staff, 12/30/2011
I’m on the billionaire beat. I cover wealth and all its trappings.
Billionaire Space Race
I apologize in advance to those of you with aversions to new year predictions, but hereâ€™s mine: 2012 will see private space ventures attract more interest from the super-rich than ever before.
This year, commercial spaceflight will really take off
By JAMES OBERG / JANUARY 2012 IEEE Spectrum
The 20th of February, 2012, will be the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. orbital manned spaceflight. […] In 2012, “our hope, our plan, is to do powered flight tests, and if things go well, we have a […]
Published by The National Air and Space Museum on December 23, 2011
Twenty-five years ago, the staff of the National Air and Space Museum held its collective breath for nine days as a seemingly fragile, flying fuel tank made its way across oceans and continents in an attempt to become the first aircraft to fly […]
12/13/11 Washington D.C. â€“ Congressman Kevin McCarthy today issued the following statement on the launch of Stratolaunch Systems, a new private space travel venture spearheaded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and aerospace expert Burt Rutan, and whose first plane will be constructed at the Mojave Air and Space Port:
“Over the past decade we have […]
By Alan Boyle at Cosmic Log, December 13, 2011
The band is getting back together: Seven years after winning the $10 million Ansari X Prize, software billionaire Paul Allen and aerospace guru Burt Rutan are teaming up with SpaceX and other top-flight rocketeers to create an air-launched orbital delivery system. They say the venture will […]
Brier Dudley, The Seattle Times, December 13, 2011 at 10:00 AM
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen today is announcing plans to build the world’s largest aircraft to start a new orbital cargo business, joining the ranks of billionaire investors blending their love of space and science fiction with the growing opportunity for private space ventures.
25 November 2011 | By Stuart Nathan
I love ekranoplans. And Iâ€™m not alone.
…the latest ekranoplan fan to come out of the closet is none other than swashbuckling aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan, founder of Scaled Composites, inventor of the X-prize winning SpaceShipOne and father of Virgin Galactic. Rutanâ€™s latest project â€” he calls it […]
Suborbital Research Flight Giveaway Announced by XCOR Aerospace & Southwest Research Institute for Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC)-2012
(First Prize of its Kind!)
In a first of its kind prize for the reusable suborbital research community, XCOR Aerospace and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) announced today that a research flight will be awarded […]
Elsewhere, Roton might have been discreetly withdrawn from public view long ago. But at the […]
By Doug Messier, Parabolic Arc, on April 16, 2011
Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes is set to fly into space aboard XCOR’s Lynx suborbital space plane from the Caribbean island of Curacao in 2014.
“My work took me to the most amazing locations on Earth,” she said. “But I hear nothing is as beautiful as […]
As part of its frequent flier program, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be offering future suborbital flights on a rocket plane to outer space.
Quite a perk, eh?
The airline said Wednesday that it would market and sell flights to customers through a joint venture with Space Experience Curacao, a government-backed space tourism company founded […]
By Frank Morring, Jr., Aviation Week and Space Technology, January 6, 2010
Working quietly in the background since the days of viewgraphs, a group of space entrepreneurs has long been pitching far-fetched ideas to skeptical moneymen with the fervor of evangelists. Now their viewgraphsâ€”updated to Powerpoint and CAD/CAMâ€”are becoming reality, and metal and fire are […]
By Leonard David, Space Insider columnist, 12/31/2009
It’s been a wild and crazy ride in space since the first decade of the 21st century began, but as 2009 gives way to 2010, the realm of commercial space travel has taken one giant leap into reality. Now, commercial space is on a growth curve, with […]
By JAMES BURGER, Bakersfield Californian, Tuesday, Dec 15 2009
Stuart Witt saw the front corner of the football field-sized tent lift off, fly three feet into the air and set itself back down. He saw it do it again.
Witt picked up his radio.
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip 2 after-party was over.
Inside the tent at […]
By Alan Boyle, Cosmic Log, Dec. 8 2009
SpaceShipOne may have put Mojave, Calif., on the map five years ago â€” but when it comes to the future of space travel, there’s more than one game in town. And if Mojave does live up to the town’s claim on the city-limits sign to be “the […]
By John Johnson Jr., Los Angeles Times, December 8, 2009
Reporting from Mojaveâ€” On a wind-tossed desert night, the dream of space pioneers Richard Branson and Burt Rutan to bring space flight to everyone — at least everyone who can afford it — drew closer to reality when the pair unveiled the world’s first commercial […]
By Jason Paur, Wired, December 7, 2009
On a cold and windy night at the Mojave Air and Space Port, the VSS Enterprise was unveiled to the public tonight. Attached to its mother ship, the vehicle better known as SpaceShipTwo is expected to be the first commercial spacecraft when it enters service with Virgin […]
10 Potential Spaceports Included In Initial Membership Announcement
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation announced the creation and initial membership of the Spaceports Council Monday. The council is made up of spaceports worldwide who seek to cooperate on issues of common interest such as airspace access, legal and regulatory frameworks, infrastructure, international policy migration, liability, and voluntary […]
By Susan Barr, Kern Valley Sun, Published on Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Legacy Park at Mojave Air and Space Port was the setting for last weekâ€™s annual Veterans Day Ceremony. The well attended event saw over 150 people turn out to celebrate and honor the sacrifices that so many have made in service to their […]
By Carl Hoffman, Wired, November 15, 2009
Fifty thousand feet over the California desert, the world is a vast expanse of blue with a drab carpet of khaki far, far below. Pilot Peter Siebold sets the craftâ€™s trim to 18 degrees, pushes the stick forward, and counts down: â€œThree. Two. One. Release.â€
The mother ship […]
By Jason Paur, Wired November 5, 2009
For aviation geeks, hanging out at an airport watching airplanes is just something you do. Some airports are better than others. JFK used to have the Concorde and itâ€™s still great, along with LAX if you like 747s. But few airports compare to KMHV, also known as Mojave […]
By Alan Boyle, Cosmic Log, November 2, 2009
California-based Masten Space Systems’ Xoie rocket prototype has won a million-dollar prize from NASA, edging out its closest competitor by just a couple of feet.
NASA announced today that the Masten team’s “try, try again” effort at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port won the […]
by Leonard David, SPACE.comâ€™s Space Insider Columnist Date: 03 October 2009
It has been five years since SpaceShipOne screamed its way into the history books as the first privately built and financed manned craft to reach space. While that roar from the ship?s rocket engine has long since dissipated, the aftershocks from its suborbital space […]
By Alan Boyle, October 7, 2009
Masten Space Systems’ Xombie rocket has prevailed in its second attempt to qualify for a $150,000 rocket prize from NASA. The first attempt, back on Sept. 16, ended at the halfway point of the required round trip due to an engine leak, but today the rocket went the […]
by Jeff Foust, Monday, October 5, 2009
Yesterday, as many readers were likely aware, featured not one but two historic space anniversaries: the 52nd anniversary of the launch of the first satellite, Sputnik; and the fifth anniversary of the flight of SpaceShipOne that won the $10-million Ansari X PRIZE (â€œNow what?â€, The Space Review, October […]
By Peter H. Diamandis, X PRIZE Chairman & CEO
Today, October 4th, is the 5 year anniversary of the winning of the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for spaceflight. The most important legacy and meaning of the Ansari X PRIZE on its five year anniversary lies in the fact that the event kicked off a […]
Masten Space Systems unsuccessfully attempted a Level 1 flight on Sept. 16 as part of the Centennial Challenges – Lunar Lander Challenge at the companyâ€™s test facility at Californiaâ€™s Mojave Air and Space Port.
In order to qualify for Level 1 prize money, a rocket vehicle must lift off from one concrete pad, ascend to […]
By Alan Boyle
16 September 2009
Masten Space Systems’ Xombie rocket got halfway through a round-trip flight in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge but apparently sprung an engine leak. As a result, the Masten team called off today’s initial bid to win a $150,000 prize from NASA.
This morning’s 93-second flight began auspiciously: […]
by Tariq Malik, Managing Editor
16 September 2009
A privately-built rocket nicknamed Xombie suffered an apparent engine leak Wednesday that stalled its attempt to win $150,000 in a NASA contest to fly mock moon landers.
Built by Masten Space Systems in Mojave, Calif., the Xombie rocket lifted off at the Mojave Air and Space […]
Masten Space Systemâ€™s Xombie vehicle successfully completed one test flight today at the Mojave Air & Space Port in an effort to capture second prize in the first phase of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. However, a second flight was called off after the vehicle suffered â€œsome damage to regeneratively-cooled engine,â€ accordng to the […]
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009
Mojave, California-based Interorbital Systems (IOS) announced Saturday that it is developing a two-person orbital crew module as an addition to its orbital tourism operations to loft in late 2011 aboard the companyâ€™s modular NEPTUNE 1000 rocket.
Two Interorbital Systems test pilots—Nebojsa Stanojevic, a ‘Tweeting’ Serbian, and Miroslav Ambrus-Kis, [vid], a ‘Tweeting’ […]
CALSPAN Bicycle Works at Mojave Air and Space Port was honored as the Business of the Month by the Mojave Chamber of Commerce.
Mojave Desert News – 09/03/2009
By Bill Deaver
A company whose name recalls the innovative beginnings of aviation was honored as “Business of the Month” by the Mojave Chamber of Commerce last […]
Published by Matt on Wed Sep 2, 2009
September 02, 2009, Mojave, CA: XCOR Aerospace announced today that it has reached several significant milestones in the 5K18 rocket engine test program. This is the engine that powers XCORâ€™s Lynx suborbital spacecraft. The engine can be seen running in several newly released videos including a video […]
By Alan Boyle
The killer app for private spaceflight, at least once the millionaires and celebrities have had their turn, may well be scientific research.
“You spark this industry with tourists, but I predict in the next decade the research market is going to be bigger than the tourist market,” says Alan Stern, a […]
Rob Coppinger on August 5, 2009
Hyperbola has heard that following the rocket motor tests that Virgin Galactic publicised with videos earlier this year (and its prime contractor Scaled Composites reported on its online test logs) work is focusing on the flight weight engine
In all rocket engine projects intending to fly something there […]
by Eric R. Hedman
Monday, August 3, 2009
My favorite week of the year arrived and passed again. Itâ€™s the Experimental Aircraft Associationâ€™s AirVenture 2009 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Each year Oshkosh hosts the biggest fly-in in the world at the end of July. Aviation enthusiasts gather from all over the world. Each day of […]
A cash injection from Abu Dhabi turns Virgin Galactic from a flight of fancy into a serious business; and space tourism is just a part of it.
By Richard Northedge
Sunday, 2 August 2009
Until last week Richard Branson’s proposed flight into space had looked like a flight of fancy â€“ another personal adventure […]
Press Release Oshkosh/Abu Dhabi, 28th July 2009: Aabar Investments and Virgin Group
Abu Dhabiâ€™s Aabar Investments and Virgin Group today announced that they have agreed to enter a strategic partnership, which will see Aabar take an equity stake in the worldâ€™s first commercial spaceline â€“ Virgin Galactic. To date,Virgin Galactic has been wholly owned and […]
T-hangar area, apron to be improved
By Bill Deaver
Mojave Desert News – 07/23/2009
MOJAVE AIRPORT â€” Bids will be opened at the Mojave Airport/Spaceport Thursday, July 23rd, on a major project to upgrade the “apron,” or flightline ramp at the airport. To be funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, the project also includes […]
This story appeared in the Antelope Valley Press Monday, July 20, 2009.
By ALLISON GATLIN Valley Press Staff Writer
MOJAVE – The Mojave Air and Space Port exemplified its name Saturday with airplanes, rockets and rocket planes on display for eager crowds who braved the summer heat to take part in July’s Plane Crazy event.
By Bill Deaver
Mojave Desert News – 04/30/2009
MOJAVE â€” The Mojave Airport/Spaceport offers a unique location for movie, television, and commercial filming and more should be done to promote it to the industry, the East Kern Airport District board of directors learned Tuesday. Erika Westawski, the district’s financial manager, told board members that […]
By Bill Deaver
Mojave Desert News – 04/09/2009
MOJAVE â€” Funding for a new combined fire/crash rescue and hazardous materials response facility at the Mojave Airport/Spaceport is includeding in a request by Congressman Kevin McCarthy for the 2010 federal budget.
The new facility will serve both the airport/spaceport and replace the county’s aging Mojave […]
By Bill Deaver
Mojave Desert News – 03/13/2009
MOJAVE â€” In an example of what local government agencies and businesses can accomplish when they work together, the first game was played Tuesday at the newly-refurbished softball field at Mojave Airport/Spaceport. Teams from Mojave and Lone Pine met on the field, named for pioneer EKAD […]
By Bill Deaver
Mojave Desert News – 03/13/2009
MOJAVE â€””A new era begins at Mojave Airport/Spaceport,” East Kern Airport District General Manager Stuart Witt said last Thursday as the first of three Air Force F-16 fighters taxied to a stop in front of the Calspan Bicycle Works on the airport’s flightline. The aircraft, flown […]
Teachers briefed on EKAD job opportunities for studentâ€™s tour Mojave Airport/Spaceport businesses
“You are the shepherds of tomorrow’s workforce.”- Stuart Witt
By Bill Deaver
Mojave Desert News – 03/13/2009
MOJAVE â€” “We have jobs here for all of your students,” East Kern Airport District General Manager Stu Witt told 15 area teachers during […]
The Spaceship Company honored
Special to the Mojave Desert News – 09/18/2008
SANTA MARIA â€” The Spaceship Company, based at the Mojave Airport/Spaceport, and the Antelope Valley Board of Trade have been named winners of the California Space Authority 2008 SpotBeam Award Winners. The awards will be formally presented at the SpotBeam Awards Dinner on […]
This story appeared in the Antelope Valley Press, Wednesday, September 17, 2008.
By ALLISON GATLIN Valley Press Staff Writer
RENO, Nev. – The Reno National Championship Air Races ended in a familiar manner Sunday, with Mojave pilot Jon Sharp finishing on top and posting record speeds on the way.
Flying his Nemesis NXT, Sharp claimed […]
BY SUSAN WIGGINS
Mojave Desert News – 08/28/2008
TEHACHAPI – The very successful Intermediate Space Challenge Launch program of Mojave Unified School District and the East Kern Airport District is ready to take it on the road and they are working hard to do just that.
Marie Walker, CEO of Fiberset, a Mojave Spaceport […]