Views From a Spaceport

Orbital Sciences Corporation's Stargazer aircraft at the Mojave Air and Space Port. The L-1011 is used to launch Pegasus rockets to space.

The dusty desert town of Mojave might not have very much to recommend it, but the town’s spaceport is definitely worth a visit. Some photos I took during the recent Plane Crazy Rockets R Us open house.

Every tour must start out at the Voyager….

Voyager Restaurant at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

…which has the best food in town…

Interior of the Voyager Restaurant at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

…and walls dedicated to all things Rutan.

Rutan memorabilia on the wall of the Voyager Restaurant in Mojave.

Out on the tarmac, you’ll see a lot of planes and, if you’re lucky, a rocket or two…

Masten Space Systems' Xombie vehicle.

…while at Legacy Park, another rocket sits absent its famous propellers…

Rotary Rocket's Roton vehicle, now permanently grounded at Legacy Park at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

…but with a clear view of the cockpit where some very brave pilots once sat.

The cockpit of Rotary Rocket's Roton vehicle.

A model of a vehicle that did fly into space sits next door…

A full-scale model of SpaceShipOne on display in Mojave.

…not far from a memorial to three men died building its successor.

A memorial to three Scaled Composites workers who died in an accident in 2007.