Five founding board members of Mojave Makers held an open house and general interest meeting in their new after-hours clubhouse, Building 82 at the Mojave Air and Space Port, on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Mojave Makers is an organization which aims to connect with others in a shared space where resources are available for creating projects.
Aerospace professionals and founders, Nadir Bagaveyev, Andrew Bingham, Ethan Chew, Michael Clive, and Scott Nietfeld, presented their request for a workspace at an East Kern Airport District meeting on February 21, 2012 and met with enthusiastic approval from CEO Stuart Witt and board members. All members of the aerospace group are employed by space flight companies at the airport, including XCOR Aerospace, Masten Space Systems, and Firestar Technologies.
CEO Witt facilitated their leasing of a vacant building and, in return, the group eagerly agreed to make specified improvements. Several infrastructure projects have already been completed.
Following a tour of their facility, Michael Clive presented a slide show designed to acquaint attendees with the purpose, proposed activities, and specifics of the organization. “Overall, within a few guidelines, you can work here on whatever you’d like,” explained Clive.
The goal for having this space, he said, is to create a social venue for like-minded individuals and because “Mojave Air and Space Port needs an incubator for high-tech companies to form.”
Clive addressed prospective members, saying, “We want to make this a space where you can create a future.” Membership, which will go largely toward rent and other overhead, is available on a two-tier basis for cost and privileges.
The group currently operates under the aegis of the Space Studies Institute and recently filed for incorporation as a Public Benefit. Its goal is to become a 501(c)3 as soon as possible.
Sponsors of the event included East Kern Airport District; Mojave Air and Space Port; Space Studies Institute; and Union Swiss Manufacturing. Special appreciation was also given to Robin Snelson, Interim Executive Director of the Space Studies Institute in Mojave.
The group is seeking donations of tools and equipment. Further information can be obtained at the website, www.mojavemakers.org, or by calling 240.481.1337.