Luna Desic Receives $20,000 Grant to Develop Partial Pressure Suit

Robert McBrayer of Mojave, Calif., works on a spacesuit project funded by SpaceGAMBIT. (Credit: Douglas Messier)
Robert McBrayer of Mojave, Calif., works on a spacesuit project funded by SpaceGAMBIT. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

MOJAVE, Calif., Oct. 1, 2013 (Luna Desic PR) – Luna Desic of Mojave, Calif., is pleased to announce the completion of a partial pressure suit under a $20,000 grant from SpaceGAMBIT.

“We’re very pleased to have been selected by SpaceGAMBIT for this award,” said Luna Desic Founder and CEO Robert McBrayer. “The competition was tough for awards. We’re very grateful to Jerry Isdale and Maiu Makers for having confidence in us and selecting our project.”


Mojave Makers Hosting Free Raspberry Pi Educational Event on Aug. 19

Rob Bishop of the Raspberry Pi Foundation will be visiting Mojave on Aug. 9. (Credit: Raspberry Pi Foundation)
Rob Bishop of the Raspberry Pi Foundation will be visiting Mojave on Aug. 9. (Credit: Raspberry Pi Foundation)

Join Rob Rishop of the Raspberry Pi Foundation on Aug. 19 in Mojave and learn about the Raspberry Pi – a credit-card sized, $25 GNU/Linux computer that can be used for teaching, embedded applications, or even as a tiny alternative to a desktop PC for light workloads.

Bring your Raspberry Pi projects and share them with other Rob, the Mojave Makers, and other attendees.

Mojave Junior/Senior High School
15732 O Street, Mojave, CA, 93501
Monday, August 19, 2013
6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Set-up time for attendee projects
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Talk, Q&A with Rob Bishop
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm: Hands-on workshop and project show-and-tells

To sign up, please visit

For additional information about the Raspberry Pi, please visit

To learn about the Mojave Makers, please visit our website at

SpaceGAMBIT Announces First Round of Funded Maker Projects

Robert McBrayer of Mojave, Calif., works on a spacesuit project funded by SpaceGAMBIT. (Credit: Douglas Messier)
Robert McBrayer of Mojave Makers works on a spacesuit project funded by SpaceGAMBIT. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

Maui, Hawaii (Maui Makers PR) — SpaceGAMBIT, a program of Maui Makers LLC in collaboration with an international group of space enthusiasts, announces the first round of funded sub-projects.

Maui Makers LLC received a 2 year grant of $500,000 US from DARPA in September 2012 to manage SpaceGAMBIT and fund community spaces (makerspaces, Fab Labs, hackerspaces, etc.) to work on open-source projects that help build mankind into a space-faring civilization.


Barbecue with Tim Pickens Set for Thursday at Mojave Spaceport

Tim Pickens

BBQ @Mojave Makers w/ Special Guest Tim Pickens
Thursday August 9 6 PM – 8 PM

Presented by Space Studies Institute & Mojave Makers, Building 82, 1347 Barnes St, Mojave, CA 93501

Itinerant inventor, rocket maker and raconteur Tim Pickens is our special guest for this first in a series of informal talks with informed Q & A.

Tim worked in Mojave on SpaceShipOne as the original propulsion lead at Scaled Composites. After a few years, he defected back home to Huntsville, unable to convince his brainy wife and daughter to join him on the space frontier. In Huntsville he started up Orion Propulsion Inc. Now he’s the fearless leader of Huntsville’s Google Lunar X Prize team Rocket City Space Pioneers, and launching his new company, Pickens Innovations. [More at]

Grilling begins at 5:30. BYO anything you want to throw on the grill, or simply enjoy the fine BBQ and cool drinks we provide for you.

RSVPs to [email protected] and donations to Mojave Makers appreciated, but not required.

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

Mojave Makers Open House Tonight

April 10 General Meeting Open House

You are invited to attend Mojave Makers’ First General Meeting and Open House Tuesday April 10 at 5 PM.

Building 82, 1347 Barnes St.
Mojave Air & Space Port
Mojave, California 93501

Information on how to join Mojave Makers – and Cupcakes!

We are opening our doors for the first time to the general public to share who we are and what we are all about. Invite your friends! Bring your co-workers! There will be punch and pie (and cupcakes).


5:00 PM: Doors open, social hour, meet the makers. Facility inspection.

6:00 PM: Presentation start.

Mojave Airport Expansion and Spring Spruce Up….In Pictures

This welcome sign on the north end of town is a bit dated. Hopefully sometime in the next year, they can replace with a picture of SpaceShipTwo. Or maybe the Lynx. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

Spring has come to Mojave at last. And with it this season of renewal has come clear skies, warm temperatures and snakes. Lots and lots of snakes. (“I hate snakes! I hate ’em!” — Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark. I love that movie.)

But, I digress. This is a busy time at the Mojave Air and Space Port. Let’s take a look at what’s up in the desert.


Mojave Makers Gets Lease, Sets April 10 for Open House

Building 82, future home of the Mojave Makers. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

by Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

On Tuesday, the East Kern Airport District board approved a lease with the Space Studies Institute for a storage building at the Mojave Air and Space Port that is being renovated into a maker space. SSI is serving as the lessee until the Mojave Makers, a group composed of employees of different airport tenants, can obtain its 501(c)3 non-profit status.


Group to Create Makerspace at Mojave Air and Space Port

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 that happen.


Mr. Witt Goes to Sacramento as Mojave Begins Revitalization Effort

Mojave's runways. (Credit: Mojave Air and Space Port)

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 space companies.

Although Mojave is thriving as a aerospace research and development center, it has done so despite California ranking last among the states in terms of business friendliness, Witt said during a meeting of the East Kern Airport District Board of Directors on Tuesday. Obstacles include high taxes and a substantial regulatory burden.