Alan Stern to Visit Mojave to Talk About “Chasing New Horizons”

New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern celebrates a Guinness World Record certificate on July 19 at U.S. Postal Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Credit: Dan Afzal, U.S. Postal Service)

MOJAVE, Calif. (MASP PR) — Alan Stern will be at the Stuart O. Witt Event Center at the Mojave Air and Space Port on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 p.m. promoting his new book, “Chasing New Horizons”. He will speak for around 30 minutes and then will chat and sign books.

Seating is limited. If you plan to attend, Please RSVP to [email protected] no later than Thursday, June 7th.

Video Tour of XCOR

Video Caption: Former fighter pilot Harry van Hulten, now Director of Flight Testing for XCOR Aerospace, takes inside the hangar/factory housing the Lynx prototype, at the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California. With a unique automotive-style engine that can restart many times a day the sub-orbital spaceplane will fly often, giving the private spaceflight company a sharp edge over the competition. — Lynx Space Plane in Pictures:

Mojave to Go Plane Crazy on Saturday

plane_crazy_saturdayMojave Air & Space Port
Saturday, Feb. 15
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is a historical aircraft display day and free family ‘educational’ event – kids are especially welcome!

Local area pilots will display their unique one-of-a-kind and historic aircraft!

Bring your camera, take lots of photos and visit with some of Mojave Airport’s famous pilots!

Fly in and display your aircraft and enjoy visiting with people who speak aviation!

If the weather permits our booths to be outside, aircraft, space collectibles and artworks will be available for sale and viewing. If weather is too cold, windy or rainy, there will be no booths – BUT we will display aircraft!

Breakfast and lunch is available in the Voyager Restaurant. Opens 8 a.m.!

Everyone is welcome to stroll through Legacy Park where replicas of SpaceShipOne and the Voyager are on display.

Walk in traffic enter through Voyager Restaurant.

Wen Painter will be on hand in the Voyager Restaurant to sign Tax-exempt forms for pilots!

Dr. Robert Ferguson
Historical Perspective of NASA’s First A – “The Evolution of NASA’s Aeronautical Research”
Mojave  Board Room
11 a.m.

On behalf of the NASA History Office, Dr. Ferguson completed a manuscript on the history of NASA’s aeronautics research. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Program in the History of Science and Technology. He taught at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and was awarded the university-wide medal for distinguished teaching. He was the 2003 Ramsey Fellow in Naval Aviation History at the National Air and Space Museum. His other principal area of research is World War II American aircraft manufacturing.

Clean Up Day, Business Mixer Set for Mojave Revitalization Effort

The Mojave Chamber of Commerce has scheduled two events over the next week as part of its efforts to revitalize the town.

Mojave Clean Up Day
Saturday, June 9
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Meeting Location: Stoken Donuts on Belshaw Street

Volunteers are needed for cleaning up trash in alleys and vacant lots. Please wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes and bring rakes and shovels. Organizers will provide trash bags, work gloves, bottled water and dust masks. Sponsored by the Mojave Chamber of Commerce and Waste Management of Kern County.

Mojave Business Mixer
Thrusday, June 15
6 p.m.
Location: TNR Hobbies, 15938 Sierra Highway (between El Jefe and Carl’s Jr.)

Business leaders from town and the Mojave Air & Space Port are invited to meet each other and to learn about how they can participate in the on-going revitalization effort. Members of the Economic Restructuring Committee will briefly address the gathering and answer any questions. Light snacks and refreshments will be served and prizes given away. Call 661-824-2481 for more information.


Scaled Composites Conducts SpaceShipTwo Taxi Test

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

There has been renewed activity out here in Mojave on the SpaceShipTwo program as Scaled Composites gears up for a busy summer of flight testing. Scaled Composites conducted a taxi test on SpaceShipTwo on June 1 (see summary below), with the space plane spend three hours out on the runway. Three different pilots were at the controls as they tested new higher capacity brakes.

WhiteKnightTwo was also flying solo over Mojave on Sunday. That is believed to be the 81st flight of SpaceShipTwo’s carrier aircraft. Scaled has not posted a test flight summary on its website yet.


California Spaceflight Limited Liability Bill Sails Through House, Now in Senate

Legislation that would limit the liability of spacecraft operators if they injure or kill passengers during flights has passed the California House of Representatives 73-0 and is now up for consideration in the State Senate. The measure had its first reading in the Senate and has been referred to the Standing Committee on Judiciary for review.

The legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman Steve Knight of California’s 36th district and promoted by Mojave Air and Space Port CEO Stu Witt, would require that passengers sign an informed consent agreement acknowledging that spaceflight is dangerous before flying.


Mojave Cleans Up After Storm as Amazing Photos Emerge

Ghostly images of aircraft are obscured by a sandstorm in the Mojave Air & Space Port Boneyard on Tuesday. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

Well. the Mojave Big Wind Sandapaloozza of 2012 ended late last night. Sunny skies devoid of massive dust clouds once again shined over the desert today. And massive 747 aren’t threatening to go cartwheeling across the Boneyard.

I saw a fair amount of damage. There was a recreational vehicle run off the road up near where I live. It wasn’t turned over on its side, thankfully, so I’m assuming everyone was OK. There was a road sign utterly demolished across from where those two tractor trailers turned over. The winds also wrecked a covering over fuel pumps at a gasoline station on the south end of town.

There are some damaged buildings at the airport. There are at least 3 hangars at the airport with some degree of damage. A small building next to another hangar had its roof tore up like a can opener was used on it. A crew is now removing what’s left.

I didn’t get a chance to get a full damage assessment from the airport. I took advantage of the break in the weather to run a bunch of errands down in civilization (the sprawling Lancaster/Palmdale metropolis).

Mike Massee of XCOR has posted some amazing photos of the windstorm that blew through Mojave on Tuesday and Wednesday. That includes the Southern Air 747 in the Boneyard that was trying to take off on its own.

This morning it was so calm — it was really eerie — that when I drove down to Lancaster I could have probably taken my hands off the steering wheel and not touched it except for when the road curved. It’s the only time I can remember driving north or south through this desert without having to fight crosswinds. It was just awesome! I had forgotten what that was like.

By afternoon, the winds were back to normal….normal being a relative term around these parts…What’s next? No, I don’t want to know!


Severe Windstorm Lifts Mojave 747 Up on Its Tail

A 747 in the Mojave Boneyard has its nose pointed up in the air during a strong windstorm on May 23, 2012. (Credit: Joshua Korczyk)

The winds were so strong at Mojave on Wednesday that they raised the dead. The winds lifted up the nose of a 747 in the Mojave Air & Space Port’s Boneyard, putting the massive aircraft up on its tail as if it was trying to take off. Observers say it was rocking back and forth and they feared it might just crash over on its side.

Well, at least the airplane is set to be scrapped. A couple of truck drivers on the 14 were not so lucky today. Their trucks were turned over on their sides by the winds.

A big rig on its side during a windstorm in Mojave. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

Mojave Gets Sandblasted by Severe Wind Storm

A Target tractor trailer overturned on Highway 14 south of Mojave. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

A severe windstorm that started on Tuesday has been continuing to blast the town of Mojave and the surrounding area. The highlights:

  • sandstorms are raging at the airport and throughout the surrounding area
  • winds are reporting reaching up to 86 mph
  • the Mojave Air & Space Port lost power in the late afternoon
  • A 747 in the airport’s Boneyard is tilting on its tail as if its trying to take off
  • at least two tractors turned over on their sides on Highway 14 just south of town due to strong winds
  • there are scattered power outages throughout the area.
The back end of an UPS truck overturned south of the town of Mojave. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

This is the worst storm I’ve seen since moving here back in October. It’s hard to walk outside, you can’t stay in your lane when you’re driving, opening doors is downright hazardous, and you get pelted with sand just walking outside. Entire parts of the sky are darkened with sand. It’s like right out of a French Foreign Legion movie.

A dust storm rages south of the Mojave Air & Space Port on Tuesday. The winds -- and the sandstorms -- were mild compared with those on Wednesday. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

Mojave is an Indian word for “Big Wind.” This would certainly qualify. We’re used to wind storms out here, but a friend of mine says that it’s the worst thing he’s seen in five years in the desert. It supposed to last through Thursday.

Mojave Spaceport Hires Consultant as Prospects for Limited Liability Bill Brighten

To boldly go.... (Credit: Douglas Messier)

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

The East Kern Airport District (EKAD) has hired a former state senator to help promote legislation that would limit the liability of spacecraft operators if they injure passengers during flights.

On Tuesday, the EKAD Board of Directors voted to hire former Sen. Roy Ashburn at a rate of $5,000 per month over six months for consulting services. Ashburn’s main responsibility is to promote an informed consent bill introduced in February by Assemblyman Steve Knight of California’s 36th district.


SXC to Hire Mojave’s Stu Witt as a Consultant

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

Space Expedition Curacao has hired Mojave Air & Space Port CEO and General Manager Stu Witt to advise the Dutch company on spaceport operations and procedures.

During a meeting on Tuesday, the East Kern Airport District Board of Directors approved moving ahead with an agreement under which Witt would advise the company, which plans to begin operating XCOR’s Lynx suborbital vehicle out of the Caribbean island of Curacao in 2014.

Witt said his duties would be to serve on an advisory board and to attended a couple of meetings per year. Witt would be paid for his time and reimbursed for expenses, with money flowing to EKAD and not to him.

Witt revealed that in addition to Curacao, SXC is looking to fly Lynx vehicles from the Netherlands and possibly from Mojave as well. The company also is in negotiations with other possible locations, he added.

Mojave Air & Space Port Hires Director of Business Development

Katrina Drees

MOJAVE, California (May 15, 2012) — Mojave Air & Space Port, the world’s premiere civilian flight test center, announced the appointment of Karina Drees to Director of Business Development. In the newly formed role, Drees will provide strategic direction for economic development and marketing initiatives, while working on tenant expansion and retention.

Drees brings more than 12 years of experience in strategy and business development. She has held management positions for growing technology companies ranging in size from startups to large public companies. Most recently, she was a member of the strategy and positioning team for SRA International, a large defense contractor in Fairfax, VA.


Mojave Makers Opens Up Membership, Schedules First Workshop for Wednesday

MOJAVE, Calif. (Mojave Makers PR) — Mojave Makers is happy to announce that we are now accepting members! We are running our Mojave Makers Months from the 15th to the 15th of each month for the purposes of billing and memberships, so we are currently accepting payments for the Month from May 15th to June 15th.

We currently have two levels of membership available:

Associate Membership – $40/month – access to the Space whenever a Full Member is present.
Full Membership – $80/month – RFID token (key) and 24/7 access to the space.

To join, visit our website at

Bottle-Cap Contact Microphone Class And Circuit Bending Concert by CMKT 4 – 05/16/2012

Mojave Makers is hosting our first workshop/class at the shop on Wednesday, May 16th from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.  Join the members of the circuit bending band, CMKT4 to learn to solder, build your own Contact Microphone using the principles of piezoelectricty, and tune in some crazy “space sounds”.  Following the workshop there will be a performance by the band.  To get an idea of what is in store, check out this video:

The cost of the workshop is $15, it is open to Members and the public, and it would be helpful if you could bring a soldering station if you have one available!

For more information see the flyer at