Spaceship #1 on October 4, 2004 Mr. Binnie broke two records by being the first private mannaed spacecraft to break the barrier of altitude of 328,000 feet and carried it to 367,442 feet 69.6 miles above the Earth's surface, which broke the altitude record of 354,200 feet set on August 22, 1963 record by Joseph A. Walker's X-15. Now she sits on display with the confines of the Mojave Airport/Spaceport in Legacy Park.
Legacy Park commemorates the contributions of Eastern Kern County’s “Aerospace Valley. It is a lovely park that is landscaped with desert fauna that is typical for this area. What is unique about this little park it is where a Rotary Rocket Roton sits on display. There is a lovely path that leads to you the rocket, vistor center and has a path that circles the park so you can browse at your leasure. Sit down and relax here for awhile.
Located in Legacy Park~
Dedicated to three wonderful souls who lost their lives during a explosion while conducting a test.
In Loving Tribute To Those We Lost on July 26 2007 plaque was dedicated in Legacy Park July 28, 2008.
Erice Blackwell Todd Ivens Glen May
"Oh I have slipped the surly bonds of earth ~
And danced the skies on laughter - silvered wings~
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew~
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod~
The high untrespassed sanctity of space~
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God~
John Magee Jr.
Let their efforts grant them peace among in the stars~
Scaled Composites, LLC ~Dedicated July 26, 2007~
This Rotor Roton Rocket (Atmospheric Test Vehicle) was designed to be a piloted for commercial purpose as a "space vehicle" and designed to transport up to 7,000 lb of cargo to and from low earth orbit (LEO). The Rotor Roton Rocket vehicle was designed to be piloted by a two person crew. Sadly the company ended in 2000 and it was only flown up and down the Mojave, California airport runways three times. It was difficult to fly and could not attract enough investment to merit completion of a full scale orbital craft. So Mojave was fortunate to acquire a wonderful piece of aerospace history.
Mitchell Caverns 1-mile cavern tour. Cost is $3 for adult, $1 for children, and free for those under age six.
Tour last about 1½ hours and is limited to 25 people.
One can see natural cave formations of stalactites, stalagmites, helicites, shields and draperies.
Enjoy the scenery when driving through the Mojave desert.
It's hot, dry and sometimes windy...