Space Travel News  





. XCOR Aerospace Suborbital Vehicle To Fly Within Two Years

The spaceship, roughly the size of a small private airplane, will first take off in 2010 and will be capable of flying several times each day. For an animation of the Lynx please go here.
by Staff Writers
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 27, 2008
A small California aerospace company today unveiled a new suborbital spaceship that will provide affordable front-seat rides to the edge of space for the millions of people who want to buy a ticket. The company, XCOR Aerospace, of Mojave, CA, announced that its two-seat Lynx suborbital spaceship will carry people or payloads to where they will experience weightlessness and see the stars above and the Earth and its atmosphere below.

This will launch XCOR into the emerging space tourism market, estimated at over a half-billion dollars.

The Lynx will offer affordable access to space for individuals, researchers and educators," said XCOR CEO Jeff Greason. "Future versions of Lynx will offer ever-improving capabilities for scientific and engineering research and commercial applications.

The spaceship, roughly the size of a small private airplane, will first take off in 2010 and will be capable of flying several times each day.

"We have designed this vehicle to operate much like a commercial aircraft. Its liquid fuel engines will provide the enhanced safety, durability, reliability and maintainability that keep operating costs low," Greason said. "These engines will also minimize the impact of these flights on the environment," Greason added. "They are fully reusable, burn cleanly, and release fewer particulates than solid fuel or hybrid rocket motors."

"Lynx will be the 'Greatest Ride Off Earth,'" said XCOR test pilot, former pilot astronaut and Space Shuttle commander, Col. Rick Searfoss (USAF-Ret.). "The acceleration, the weightlessness, and the view will provide you with an experience that is out of this world. And the best part of it all is that you'll ride right up front, like a co-pilot, instead of in back, like cargo."

XCOR has nine years' experience developing reliable, reusable and non-toxic rocket propulsion systems and has already built and flown two different rocket-powered vehicles. The firm designed, built and flew a rocket propulsion system on its record-setting EZ-Rocket aircraft. The XCOR team then developed a more powerful engine with an advanced pump-fed fuel system for a larger aircraft now being flight-tested for a commercial customer.

"The Lynx builds on our track record in rocket-powered vehicles," Greason said. "By addressing profitable near-term markets, the Lynx will strengthen the financial and technical foundation for increasingly capable future spaceships for suborbital and orbital markets."

"XCOR's mission is to radically lower the cost of spaceflight, because affordable access to space for everyone means far more than breathtaking views and the freedom of weightlessness," said Greason. "It means unlocking the material and energy resources and economic opportunities of our solar system for our children."

XCOR Aerospace is a California corporation located in Mojave, California. The company is in the business of developing and producing safe, reliable and reusable rocket engines, rocket propulsion systems, and rocket powered vehicles.

Related Links
Space Tourism, Space Transport and Space Exploration News




Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
NASA discusses space exploration benefits
St. Louis (UPI) Mar 25, 2008
A U.S. space agency deputy administrator and Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder discussed how space exploration can benefit that state's economy.

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  



  • European Space Truck Jules Verne In Parking Orbit
  • New Purdue Facility Aims To Improve NASA Moon Rocket Engine
  • Space X Falcon 9 Facing More Delays As Shuttle Replacement Looms
  • SpaceX Completes Qualification Testing Of Falcon 1 Merlin Regeneratively Cooled Engine

  • Russian Rockot Launch Vehicle To Orbit European GOCE Satellite
  • Cape Canaveral Airmen Launch Delta II Rocket
  • ProStar GPS Guides Players At Arizona Golf Resort
  • Pratt And Whitney Rocketdyne Rocket Engine Powers Latest GPS Satellite Into Space

  • Shuttle Endeavour returns after record-setting mission to ISS
  • Endeavour Crew Prepares For Landing
  • Shuttle Endeavour's landing delayed at Cape Canaveral
  • US shuttle Endeavour heads home after record mission

  • Japan celebrates Shuttle Endeavour mission
  • Astronauts Successfully Complete Fifth Spacewalk
  • ISS astronauts take rest day after setting up giant robot
  • Dextre Flexes It's Muscles And Gets Ready To Work On The ISS

  • XCOR Aerospace Suborbital Vehicle To Fly Within Two Years
  • NASA discusses space exploration benefits
  • India Seeks Russia's Help In Space Pilot Training
  • ESA Prepares ATV For ISS Docking

  • Cassini Tastes Organic Material At Saturn's Geyser Moon
  • China Approves Second-Phase Lunar Probe Program
  • Brazil To Deepen Space Cooperation With China
  • China To Use Jumbo Rocket For Delivery Of Lunar Rover, Space Station

  • High-Schoolers Go Into Overdrive At FIRST Robotics Competition
  • In Japan, robot babysitter always ready to play
  • iRobot Receives Award For DARPA LANdroids Program
  • Coming soon to Japan: remote control with a wink

  • Wataire's Water-From-Air Units Get Thumbs Up In Mars Mission Simulation
  • Multi-Tasking Rover Helps Pave The Way For Next Mars Mission
  • Sturdy Rover Gets No Penalty For Tilting
  • Mars Salt Deposits Point To New Place In Hunt For Ancient Traces Of Life

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright Space.TV Corporation. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space.TV Corp on any Web page published or hosted by Space.TV Corp. Privacy Statement