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The Mojave Air and Space Port, also known as the Civilian Aerospace Test Center, is located in Mojave, California, at an elevation of 2,801 feet (854 m).[1] It is the first facility to be licensed in the United States for horizontal launches of reusable spacecraft, being certified as a spaceport by the Federal Aviation Administration on June 17, 2004. Mojave is the home of the National Test Pilot School, Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic/The Spaceship Company.

Private space industryEdit

Beginning with the Rotary Rocket program, Mojave became a focus for small companies seeking a place to develop space access technologies. Mojave Spaceport has been a test site for several teams in the Ansari X Prize, most notably the Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne, which conducted the first privately funded human sub-orbital flight on June 21, 2004. Companies based at Mojave Spaceport include XCOR Aerospace, Masten Space Systems, Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company, Stratolaunch Systems, and Firestar Technologies.[2][3] Additional companies are Orbital Sciences Corporation and Interorbital Systems.

The East Kern Airport District was given spaceport status by the Federal Aviation Administration for the Mojave Air and Spaceport through June 16, 2019.[4][3]

ReferecesEdit

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  2. Joiner, Stephen (2011-05-01). "The Mojave Launch Lab". Air & Space Smithsonian. http://www.airspacemag.com/space-exploration/The-Mojave-Launch-Lab.html. Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "KGET Special Report: Mojave Air and SpacePort". Kern Golden Empire. 1 February 2015. http://www.kerngoldenempire.com/specialreports/story/d/story/kget-special-report-mojave-air-and-spaceport/84740/3hrM3k6tfEyhH0EWMVkSIw. Retrieved 18 February 2015. " Mojave Air and Spaceport is the epicentre of privately-funded commercial space flight research and development." 
  4. "Active Commercial Space Licenses". FAA. February 18, 2009. http://www.faa.gov/data_research/commercial_space_data/current_licenses/. Retrieved January 1, 2010.