“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Edwards AFB in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Rocket Site

AIAA Historic Aerospace Site

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1. Rocket Site Marker
Inscription.  Leading the vision and evolution of Air Force rocket propulsion technology from its earliest days, the Rocket Site's men and women and their unique research, development, and test facilities have provided the discoveries, developments, and applications of scientific and engineering answers to national defense rocket propulsion needs for more than fifty years. April 1947 - January 2000.
Erected 2000 by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceMilitaryScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the AIAA Historic Aerospace Sites series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1947.
Location. 34° 55.701′ N, 117° 41.7′ W. Marker is in Edwards AFB, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Mercury Boulevard, 2½ miles east of Rocket Site Road. Edwards Air Force Base and the Rocket Site are not open to the public. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boron CA 93516, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Borax (approx. 5½ miles away); Twenty Mule Team
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2. Rocket Site Marker
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(approx. 7 miles away); First Flight to Break the Sound Barrier (approx. 10.7 miles away); HiMAT (approx. 11.1 miles away); F-8 Supercritical Wing Aircraft (approx. 11.1 miles away); F-8 DFBW (approx. 11.1 miles away); F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire Aircraft (approx. 11.1 miles away); NF-15B (approx. 11.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards AFB.
Regarding Rocket Site. This site is not open to the public. The rocket engine test stands on the hill can be seen from Highway 58 and the town of Boron, five miles to the north.
In 1998, a rocket launch pad and mission control room were built here for the X-33, a test vehicle for the next-generation Space Shuttle. The program was cancelled in 2001, before the first launch.
Also see . . .  AIAA Historic Aerospace Sites. This was the first of 58 plaques dedicated by AIAA between 2000 and 2013. (Submitted on April 8, 2022.) 
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3. Rocket Site
Formerly called Phillips Lab, today it’s known as the Air Force Research Lab - Propulsion Directorate test area.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 382 times since then and 289 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 23, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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