Vice President Mike Pence tours Mojave Air and Space Port during Kern County visit

Posted at 6:45 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 21:47:56-04

The Mojave Air and Space Port was filled with law enforcement and secret service members as preparation began for the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence and Bakersfield Congressman and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. 

The group landed in Mojave around 2 p.m. and made their way into the building for a brief overview of what they would see on the tour. 

The vice president didn't speak to the press very much on this stop, but did give some remarks during the overview. 

He said Mojave Air and Space Port was very much a part of the infrastructure of American space exploration. 

"We thank you for the contribution that Mojave air and space port contributes to American leadership in space and look forward to a very engaging day and a great partnership for many years to come." Vice President Pence said.

Following the briefing, the group headed to the Virign Galactic and the Virgin Orbit. 

The final stop was at the Stratolaunch Hanger where they had the chance to see the Stratolaunch Systems Carrier. The launcher being built for the first commercial spaceline. 

The entire visit lasted about two hours and the vice president called his trip to Kern County "very inspiriational" before hopping back into his motorcade and into Air Force Two to head back to Washington D.C.