If You’re Coming to Mojave on Monday, You’ll Need Your Stinkin’ Badges

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Word is that the Mojave Air & Space Port will be on a form of lock down for the SpaceShipTwo supersonic flight that Richard Branson says is scheduled for Monday morning. If you don’t have no stinkin’ airport badge, you ain’t getting on the airport property.

History will be made on Monday, but anyone interested in watching will have to do so from outside the fence of a public airport. It’s an odd way to bring space travel to average people, albeit for folks who are worth millions and billions of dollars.

Not that any of that is much of a surprise. Tenants here have been complaining about having their privacy violated by people covering their tests. The airport is terrified that companies will take governors up on offers to move to other states.

But, no worries. There’s always ways of getting around restrictions. Look for my full coverage on Monday both here and on Twitter @spacecom.

  • “Tenants here have been complaining about having their privacy violated by people covering their tests.” – Not sure I follow. It seems that people would want the publicity. Is this not he case?

  • No, they don’t like publicity on their tests. Why this one is under such intense security measures, I’m not entirely sure but I have a few ideas. Nothing I’m willing to share at this time.

    It’s a public airport, so I’m not sure what legal right they have to limit entrance to it. I’ll try to get an answer to that question.

  • Here’s a message on the spaceport’s 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.”

    I’m a bit puzzled by the second sentence about the airport working with tenants to publish post-mission outcomes. This seems heretofore to have been left to the tenants themselves. So, maybe there’s a change in policy. I don’t know.

  • Badges? Badges?? I think that must be a typo or something: