Mojave Moments: What Really Keeps the Spaceport in Operation

What is it that keeps the Mojave Air and Space Port operating?

Is it Richard Branson’s SpaceShipTwo? Paul Allen’s monster rocket launching airplane they call Birdzilla? Mojave’s amazing amenities and it warm, welcoming atmosphere that lead people to call it the Mayberry of the West?

Uhhh….no. Not even close.

It’s the last thing one would expect in conservative, oil-rich, get government off our back and let us do our own thing Kern County, the Texas of California.

  • Gary Church

    NewSpace loves to wallow in a libertarian fantasy but the reality is the state sponsors everything. In my view the best recent comment on this can be found on the sci-fi show “The Expanse”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrEta-OPhz0

    1:40
    The government is more powerful than any corporation.

  • Terry Rawnsley

    They’re always more than happy to take government money. They just don’t like the attached strings.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    The reason most business people cry foul at socialism for people in general is because they don’t want the competition. They want those government dollars for themselves.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    What’s the mix of public vs private ownership of those windmills these days? About 12 years ago I heard someone say that those windmills were not connected to the grid and spent some time not delivering power to a load. Was/is this correct to this day?

  • ThomasLMatula

    Maybe some of the many engineers at Mojave could come up with a way to make those windmills environmentally friendly if they are so important to the spaceport. Given how especially bad passes are for windmills because of migrating birds its questionable if that wind farm would be approved under today’s siting guidelines.

    https://www.audubon.org/news/will-wind-turbines-ever-be-safe-birds

    and

    http://savetheeaglesinternational.org/new/us-windfarms-kill-10-20-times-more-than-previously-thought.html

  • tedder42

    TLDW/avoid clickbait: wind turbines.

  • mlc449

    Gary is a Commie? Not exactly a shocker.