Scaled Composites, LLC, is an aerospace and specialty composites development company located in Mojave, California. Founded in 1982 by Burt Rutan, Scaled has broad experience in air vehicle design, tooling, and manufacturing, specialty composite structure design, analysis and fabrication, and developmental flight test. On October 4, 2004, SpaceShipOne rocketed into history, becoming the first private manned spacecraft to exceed an altitude of 328,000 feet twice within the span of a 14 day period, thus claiming the ten million dollar Ansari X-Prize.
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center signed a 20-year lease for 16 acres of land owned by Los Angeles World Airports as a base for its five environmental and space science aircraft. This is an economic boast to the region as aerospace industry tends to be higher paying, white collar positions. One job at an aerospace company can create two-and-a half to four jobs elsewhere in the community. About 150 civilian and contract employees have been transferred to Palmdale. Add in visiting scientists whose experiments are aboard the planes and the number can grow to up to 200 at any given time when fully operational.
Boeing is the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft. The Boeing team at Palmdale-Edwards Air Force Base has about 850 employees and provides products and services for NASA and the Department of Defense with an average pay of around $56,115 for plant workers.
Lockheed Martin Corporation, an advanced technology company, was formed in March 1995 with the merger of two of the world’s premier technology companies, Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta Corporation. Lockheed Martin is the largest defense contractor in the Antelope Valley with over 3,700 employees. It is estimated that for every job at Lockheed, it creates an additional 3-4 indirect and induced jobs for the local economy.
Northrop Grumman Corporation, as California’s largest employer, has a local workforce of 2,100 employees and is a $31.5 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Mojave Air and Space Port
Mojave Air and Space Port is home to 47 companies performing various transportation related development, maintenance or research projects from Rail, Air & Space to soft tire. We have 14 space related firms, two of which have won XPrize events over the past five years. One for development of a Lunar Lander and the other for development of SpaceShipOne and now SpaceShipTwo. We have a company which has tested more rocket motors this century than any other firm on earth and has flown more man rated rocket powered craft than the rest of the world.