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CORRECTION: The airport did set up a viewing area for the public. They just didn’t tell people about it clearly.

The Mojave Air & Space Port’s website has a somewhat cryptic notice on the front page of its website:

Mojave Air & Space Port strives to preserve the privacy of our many clients and their flight research objectives. We work with our clients to post post mission outcomes in a timely manner. While many in the press and non-affiliate blogs are reporting an event in Mojave on Monday 29 April the Mojave Air & Space Port is not sponsoring a public or press related event.  We cannot guarantee a date or time to monitor a test because tests occur when three critical items come together: the vehicle is ready, the weather can support and the test and airspace has been allocated.

Huh?

Well, let’s see what I can do about decoding this NOTAP (Notice to Public). I’m guessing that it might go something like this:

Mojave Air & Space Port strives to preserve the privacy of our many clients and their flight research objectives.

Although we’re a public facility, the privacy of our tenants is of primary concern.

We work with our clients to post post mission outcomes in a timely manner.

We’ll let you know whatever might have happen.

While many in the press and non-affiliate blogs are reporting an event in Mojave on Monday 29 April

Now you may have read somewhere (Internet) that someone (Richard Branson!) said something (We’re breaking the sound barrier!) about some flight test (in SpaceShipTwo!) that’s about to take place (on Monday, the 29th! And it’ll be historic! This is Virgin’s year!).

the Mojave Air & Space Port is not sponsoring a public or press related event.

So, we’re closing our public airport to everyone except badged employees and delivery people. Don’t bother showing up because you’ll be turned away. Our tenants don’t want you there, and airport security really doesn’t want you wandering around the place.

We cannot guarantee a date or time to monitor a test because tests occur when three critical items come together: the vehicle is ready, the weather can support and the test and airspace has been allocated.

Flight test being what it is (unpredictable), we can’t guaranteed a flight will actually occur on Monday. That really should be very clear if you’ve been following the testing of this particular spacecraft whose name we won’t mention.

That’s pretty simple. I don’t know why they can’t just come out and say it. The spaceport is a public facility whose board is accountable to local voters. It should learn to communicate more clearly with them.