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  Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Its first powered flight, flight 11P, was made on December 17, 2003, the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight.
On June 17, 2004, Mojave Airport reclassified itself (part-time) as the Mojave Spaceport.
An appended C indicates that the flight was a captive carry, G indicates an unpowered glide, and P indicates a powered flight.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/SpaceShipOne   (938 words)

  
 Mojave Spaceport - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mojave Spaceport (IATA: MHV, ICAO: KMHV), also known as the Mojave Airport and Civilian Aerospace Test Center, is the first facility to be licensed in the United States for horizontal launches of reusable spacecraft.
The Mojave airport is also known as a storage location for commercial airliners.
The airport has facilities dedicated for filming, a large supply of aircraft to use as props and two large film pads that can be flooded for water scenes.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mojave_Airport_Civilian_Flight_Test_Center   (361 words)

  
 Mojave Airport Hopes To Offer Wide Range of Launch Services
The Mojave Airport is located approximately 160 kilometers north of Los Angeles, in southeastern Kern County, along the western edge of the Mojave Desert.
XCOR Aerospace is also based at the Mojave Airport, engaged in testing its piloted EZ-rocket as part of an expansive reusable rocket engine and rocket-powered vehicle program.
Mojave Airport’s application to become the first certified inland spaceport is under review by FAA/AST.
www.space.com /spacenews/archive04/mojavearch_061604.html   (707 words)

  
 Local Government   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Mojave is an unincorporated community in Kern County, which is governed by a five-person Board of Supervisors.
Mojave's high school, middle school and elementary school are in the Mojave Unified School District.
Mojave has a Town Council, a volunteer organization that works with other organizations, citizens, and local, state and federal government for the benefit of the community, and to encourage economic development.
www.mojave.ca.us /government_IL.htm   (237 words)

  
 SPACE.com -- Spaceport to Rise in California's Mojave Desert
The Mojave Airport is located approximately 100 miles north of Los Angeles, in southeastern Kern County, along the western edge of the Mojave Desert.
Today, the Mojave Airport serves as a home for companies involved in modification and flight test of major military jet and civilian aircraft, aircraft storage, and other high-tech industries.
Mojave Airport is a leading civilian flight test center and is home to some of the most unique and exotic aircraft ever built.
www.space.com /news/mojave_spaceport_040524.html   (1332 words)

  
 Mojave Spaceport   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The Mojave Spaceport, also known as the Mojave Airport and Civilian Flight Test Center, is the first facility to be licensed in the United States for horizontal launches of reusable spacecraft.
Most notably, it is the test launch site for SpaceShipOne, developed by Scaled Composites, which conducted the first privately-funded human spaceflight on June 21 2004.
The facility is located in Mojave, California (Lat.
www.publicliterature.org /en/wikipedia/m/mo/mojave_spaceport_1.html   (161 words)

  
 RedOrbit NEWS | Successful Launch For Private Rocketship
Test pilot Mike Melvill, making his second solo space flight in the winged rocket plane, said he thought he probably caused the rolls by unintentionally hitting a control.
Wednesday's flight followed Melvill's successful June trip to the fringes of the atmosphere in the same vehicle, which was designed and built by a team led by aviation pioneer Burt Rutan.
After the flight, Rutan said he thought his team would be ready for another space flight by Sunday or Monday.
www.redorbit.com /modules/news/tools.php?tool=print&id=89885   (704 words)

  
 Mojave Airport Prepares for the Future in Aerospace
MOJAVE - Maintaining focus on its historic role in flight test and aerospace while allowing for future growth in other realms as well, the East Kern Airport District board of directors approved a mission statement Tuesday to guide the Mojave Airport into the future.
The general aviation airport, east of State Route 14 and south of the Highway 58 bypass, also is known as the Civilian Flight Test Center.
The 3,300-acre airport is home to a wide array of commercial, service and industrial businesses, running the gamut from aircraft service and storage to flight test activities and cutting-edge design and manufacturing.
www.rosamondproperties.com /mojave_future.html   (544 words)

  
 Mach 7 and beyond. - Ummah.com
Flight engineer Lawrence Huebner said preliminary data indicated the needle-nosed jet reached a maximum speed of slightly over seven times the speed of sound, or about 5,000 mph, after a rocket boosted it to about 3,500 mph.
As the planes taxied onto the runway of the Mojave Airport, the pilot of SpaceShipOne, Michael Melvill, and the pilot of White Knight, Brian Binnie, waved to spectators from round portholes in the two vehicles.
The remote desert Mojave airport, home to the world's only civilian test flight center and a licensed spaceport, was also host to an assortment of vehicles that converged on the site from around the country.
www.ummah.net /forum/showthread.php?t=34102   (6402 words)

  
 XCOR Press - The Bakersfield Californian   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Monday's test flight was run at 70 percent of full power, or 300 pounds of force.
Test director Buzz Lange pronounced the flight a success despite a small fuel leak that prevented further flights.
Given Mojave's recent history as a center for cutting-edge aviation design, and the desert's wide open skies, "This is the best place to do this kind of testing," Lange said.
www.xcor.com /press_bakersfield.html   (620 words)

  
 "Spaceport to rise in California desert"
Mojave Airport's application to become the first certified inland spaceport has been under government review.
A signoff of the license is anticipated in late June, he said, with July 7 the outside date that the government has to respond by law to the Mojave Airport application.
Furthermore, at times when Mojave Airport becomes a spaceport, rules must be followed in releasing Notice to Airmen and Temporary Flight Restrictions to other air traffic.
archives.californiaaviation.org /airport/msg30507.html   (1335 words)

  
 X-Prize
The test bed vehicle was capable of carrying an 18 kg payload to an altitude of 120 km.
Tests included stall performance at aft limit CG and evaluation of the increased pitch and roll control authority.
During a portion of the boost, the flight director display was inoperative, however the pilot continued the planned trajectory referencing the external horizon.
www.astronautix.com /project/xprize.htm   (4676 words)

  
 Boston.com / News / Nation / Rocket plane strives to break space barrier
While Rutan is considered the favorite to win the X Prize, several other companies are hoping to launch test runs before January, including a Canadian attempt from a giant helium balloon and another group sending a spacecraft from sea.
While poor weather or technical troubles may delay the flight, there may be another X factor in tomorrow's takeoff: the rare desert tortoise.
According to the Mojave Airport's spaceport designation, no attempt to touch space can be made until the airstrip is completely free of the animals.
www.boston.com /news/nation/articles/2004/06/20/rocket_plane_strives_to_break_space_barrier?mode=PF   (1136 words)

  
 SPACETOURIST  Space Sweepstakes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The flight had an engine run time of two minutes and twenty seconds and total flight time of nine minutes and seven seconds.
This flight test was flown in preparation of official roll-out and public flight demonstration on Monday November 12, 2001 at Mojave airport at 10 AM.
Tests are performed at the Mojave Civilian Flight Test Center.
www.spacetourist.com /XCOR1.htm   (269 words)

  
 Spaceport taking shape in Mojave Desert - The New Space Race - MSNBC.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The Mojave Airport is located approximately 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Los Angeles, in southeastern Kern County, along the western edge of the Mojave Desert.
Mojave Airport’s application to become the first certified inland spaceport has been under review by the FAA's space transportation office.
FAA signoff on the license is anticipated in late June, he said, with July 7 the outside date that the government has to respond by law to the Mojave Airport application.
msnbc.msn.com /id/5051823   (1336 words)

  
 Mojave Airport Photo Gallery   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Flight Test activities begin early in the morning for the team.
The Mojave Airport’s Civilian Flight Test Center has just finished playing host to a flight test team from San Antonio, Texas based Sino Swearingen Aircraft Company and their SJ30-2 business jet, which is currently progressing through its FAA certification flight test program.
Utilizing Flight Test Associates’ Mojave facility, the team, headed by Chief Test Pilot John Siemens, had been flying an aggressive schedule to validate the aircraft’s handling qualities.
www.mojaveairport.com /gallery/gallery-sj30_IL.htm   (408 words)

  
 Mojave Definition / Mojave Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Mojave is a town located in Kern County, California.
It was home to many of the 20th century's most important and daring research flights and many of the world's bravest and most able pilots ever seen....
Mojave is the journal of a newborn desert dweller, intently watching and contemplating her new surroundings.
www.elresearch.com /Mojave   (408 words)

  
 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
In 1972 a special district, the East Kern Airport District, was created by law, and the Mojave Airport and its Civilian Flight Test Center were built.
East Kern Airport owns and operates the facility, and the local government is in the process of creating a development plan for the 13.4 square kilometers (5.1 square miles) on which the Civilian Flight Test Center is located.
The Civilian Flight Test Center consists of several test stands, three runways, an air control tower, a roton test stand, engineering facilities, and a high bay building.
ast.faa.gov /linfo_vsite/maps/detail.cfm?Fac_ID=56   (470 words)

  
 MOTHBALLED IN MOJAVE / Desert airport becomes post-Sept. 11 jetliner ghost town
At one end of the airport, seven Boeing 737s sporting the Southwest Airlines color scheme of purple over red and orange shimmer in the late winter sun, windows taped over, doors sealed and engines wrapped tightly against the dust.
Sabovich has run the airport since 1969, and his walls are decorated with autographed photos from pilots from around the world.
For now, the airport is quite a sight for travelers on their way to the Southern Sierra or Southern California.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/03/05/BU13058.DTL&type=printable   (961 words)

  
 RedOrbit NEWS | First Private, Manned Space Mission Lifts Off
A civilian test pilot climbed into a stubby rocket plane at a commercial airport in California's Mojave desert this morning and set out on a flight that will take him to the outer edge of the Earth's atmosphere, making him the first astronaut to fly a privately financed spacecraft.
Today's test flight is an important milestone for the rocket plane, which was designed to win the Ansari X Prize.
The approximately 85-minute flight plan for today calls for SpaceShipOne's carrier aircraft -- a twin turbojet called White Knight, which also was designed and built by Rutan's company -- to ferry the rocket plane to an altitude of about 47,000 feet.
www.redorbit.com /modules/news/tools.php?tool=print&id=66449   (886 words)

  
 Welcome Page
The Skypark, a residential development, is Rosamond's civilian airport, and this site contains considerable useful local info in addition to the Skypark's own data.
Mojave Airport: Home of the Civilian Flight Test Center and now, America's first civilian spaceport.
Town of Mojave: Our neighbors just to the north, Mojave and Rosamond are on the way to becoming twin cities like Lancaster/Palmdale.
www.rosamondca.us   (774 words)

  
 Scaled Composites, LLC: composite aircraft design, prototyping and flight test
MOJAVE, CA (September 23, 1998) -This morning Aerospace Officials from Industry and Government witnessed the unveiling of a new, special-purpose aircraft in a dramatic flight demonstration at the Mojave Airport Civilian Flight Test Center.
The flight also included dynamic maneuvers showing the aircraft's agility, needed to operate in adverse conditions.
Since the 1.7-hour first flight of Proteus on 26 July, the aircraft has been flown twelve flights, for a total flight time of 18 hours.
www.scaled.com /projects/proteus-rollout.html   (413 words)

  
 SpaceShipOne - June 21 launch event FAQ for general public and press
As with any flight test activity, weather is a very important factor.
A: The rocket flight to space is visible with the naked eye, but binoculars give an even better view.
All personnel involved in the flight have duties both before and after the flight that must be attended to.
www.scaled.com /projects/tierone/june21faq.htm   (1859 words)

  
 Articles - Spaceship One   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The design features a unique "shuttlecock" reentry system whose half-delta wing folds upward at the center of its twin tail booms; this increases drag while remaining stable.
The first powered flight, flight 11P, was made on December 17, 2003, the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight.
SpaceShipOne test pilot Mike Melvill after the flight on September 29, 2004.
www.bitwindow.com /articles/Spaceship_One   (865 words)

  
 APALA Jobs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The Antelope Valley Center is located in Lancaster, CA and offers over a dozen degree and certificate programs.
The CSUB Antelope Valley Center serves the population of the eastern desert in Kern and Los Angeles Counties.
A fast growing area between Bakersfield and Los Angeles, the AV Center is also near the Edwards Air Force Base, Mojave Airport and Civilian Flight Test Center, and the Santa Clarita Valley.
www.apalaweb.org /jobs/2004/1217CSUBA.htm   (684 words)

  
 Rocket Plane Begins Manned Flight Testing
The first successful flight test was performed on July 21 at Mojave Airport.
XCOR's test pilot is retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dick Rutan, a Vietnam veteran.
A press conference was held on Saturday July 28th at the 2001 AirVenture show in Oshkosh, WI where it was announced that the official roll-out of the EZ-Rocket will take place in Mojave, California this fall after the early phases of the flight test program have been completed.
www.spacedaily.com /news/rlv-01r.html   (456 words)

  
 California Space Authority (CSA): Space Enterprise Network[sm]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The October 4th space flight was the required second space trip in two weeks mandated by Ansari X-Prize rules.
This flight, the first private manned mission to space, garnered Michael Melvill the first commercial space astronaut wings ever given by the Federal Aviation Administration and also officially opened the Mojave Airport Civilian Flight Test Center as the first U.S. "inland spaceport".
The Mojave Aerospace Ventures Team already has recruited high-profile partners for follow-on activities leveraging the technology and name recognition developed as winner of the Ansari X-Prize.
www.californiaspaceauthority.org /html/press-releasesandletters/pr041005.html   (465 words)

  
 Space News from the Space Coast   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Ground engineers urged Melvill to abort the flight, but the veteran test pilot finally regained control of the ship, flying it above the altitude -- 62.5 miles -- needed to qualify the mission as a legitimate X Prize flight.
The corkscrew flight was not the first close call for SpaceShipOne.
The ship's landing gear collapsed and the craft veered off the runway during a test staged in December on the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers famous first flight.
www.floridatoday.com /news/space/stories/2004b/spacestoryN0930XPRIZE.htm   (989 words)

  
 Calblog: Spaceport Mojave
Mojave Airport Civilian Flight Test Center is about to be certified as the first private spaceport.
I wonder what the planed flight trajectory is, and what the liability for an object that falls from a vehicle launched from the site.
Still, I was up in Baltimore's BWI airport when I noticed a wonderful model they had of one of the old China Clippers built by the Martin Company.
www.calblog.com /archives/003674.html   (1075 words)

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