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December 21, 2014
XCOR Announces Further Progress on XCOR Lynx Spacecraft
Mojave CA (SPX) Dec 19, 2014
The XCOR Lynx suborbital spacecraft continues to make rapid progress towards final assembly. Immediately after bonding the cockpit to the fuselage, the shop crews set up for the delicate and precise operation of bonding the carry-through spar on to the rear end of the Lynx fuselage. "The carry-through spar is the heart of the loading structure on any winged craft - it supports the primary load of the wings and carries that load through the fuselage," says XCOR CEO Jeff Greason. "Attaching the spar ... read more

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