Mojave: Come See What All the Excitement is About

To boldly go…. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

The Mojave Air & Space Port has been getting a bit of press lately.

If you want to see what all the excitement is about, drop by this Saturday for the spaceport’s monthly open house.

Plane Crazy Saturday
“October Skies” in Mojave!
OCTOBER 20, 2012
10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

This Plane Crazy Saturday event features:

  • Displays by XCOR Aerospace, Masten Space Systems & Firestar Technologies
  • Tours of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s L-1011 “Stargazer”
  • Special Presentation in EKAD Board Room by ‘STARGAZER PILOT’ Bill Weaver at 11 a.m.

Weaver has flight-tested all models of the Mach-2 F-104 Starfighter and the entire family of Mach 3+ Blackbirds-the A-12, YF-12 and SR-71. During one harrowing flight, his SR-71 broke apart at 78,800-feet when the aircraft was doing Mach 3.18. Come hear how he survived.

Weaver will also talk about his flights on Orbital Sciences Corporation’s L-1011, which has been modified to carry the Pegasus satellite-launch vehicle.

The California Pilots Association is having its annual meeting in Mojave this week. So, there will be a lot of planes to see.

And the Mojave Makers will be having an open house at their Maker Space.


Orbital to Launch NASA Satellites


Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced it has received two separate orders from NASA to launch scientific satellites on its industry-leading small rockets, Pegasus® XL and Taurus® XL. These contracts bring the total Pegasus and Taurus orders to 55 vehicles since the first Pegasus was purchased in 1988. Taken together, the two rockets have launched or will boost a total of 35 NASA scientific and technology demonstration spacecraft on 30 missions since 1990.


Japan Looks to Develop Pegasus-Style Midair Launcher System

What future for midair rocket launches?
Daily Yomiuri

The government has embarked on the development of midair rocket-launching technology, a new method of firing off rockets, in the hope the technique can be put into practical use. In a midair rocket launch, a small rocket takes a satellite into orbit after being launched from a plane over open seas. Such midair rocket launches have been used for commercial purposes by the United States for about 20 years.