The FAA has awarded grants totaling nearly $500,000 to improve spaceports in Virginia, California and New Mexico:
$249,378 to the New Mexico Space Port Authority’s Spaceport America to construct a mobile structure to prepare larger rockets before launch;
$125,000 to the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport to improve security and remote monitoring;
$125,000 to the East Kern Airport District’s Mojave Air and Space Port in California for a Supplemental Environmental Assessment.
The Las Cruces Sun-Newsreports that the “funding will help pay for a roll-back vehicle integration building to prepare space vehicles for launch. The facility will accommodate the larger vehicles that are under development and also be on a rail system that can be rolled back from the vehicle to help maintain dimensional stability.”
The grants were made under an FAA program that funds infrastructure improvements at the nation’s licensed spaceports.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a new grant program designed to fund projects that develop and expand commercial space transportation infrastructure.Â The Space Transportation Infrastructure Matching Grants will be awarded to four separate projects located in Alaska, California, Florida, and New Mexico.
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.
Mojave: Where the Old Frontier Meets the Space Frontier San Fernando Valley Business Journal
Arriving at the Mojave Air & Space Port, a quick scan of the ramshackle blue buildings and hangars left over from a World War II Marine Corps air station raises the question: This is the heart of the industry that will put regular folks into space?
Mojave airport: A bright spot in a gloomy economy The Bakersfield Californian
Super-secret aircraft. Mysterious, unannounced test flights. â€œBlack hangarsâ€ where few are granted entry.
Thatâ€™s the attraction and mystique of Mojave Air and Space Port, home to the worldâ€™s most eclectic collection of experimental aircraft, cowboy aviators and rebel engineers ever assembled by private enterprise.
Aerotech News and Review has an excellent overview of activities at the Mojave Air and Space Port. The piece includes a detailed description of the facility as well as the different companies that are doing space and aviation work at the desert base.