Friday, March 28, 2008


XCOR Aerospace of Mojava, CA has announced its plan to develop Lynx, a suborbital rocket plane. Lynx will first take off in 2010 and will be capable of flying several times each day. The total flight would last about a half-hour, including a couple minutes of weightlessness.Lynx is projected to cost $10 million to develop, with ticket prices projected to be about $100,000. Lynx will be about the size of a small twin-engine propeller aircraft

Clean Flight:

Lynx's liquid-propellant engines will minimize the environmental impact of the flights. The engines will be fully reusable, burn cleanly, and release fewer particulates than solid fuel or hybrid rocket motors.

Targeted Market:

The emerging space tourism market is estimated at over a half-billion dollars. Lynx is to be used for scientific and engineering research and commercial applications.Lynx will provide affordable access to space for individuals, researchers and educators.

Flight Profile:

Lynx will have a peak altitude of 61 km. Yet it will provide weightlessness experience and a broad view of Earth for the customers. Lynx will have horizontal take off and landing. It will attain a top speed of Mach 2 powered by 4 rocket engines. The engines will be on during take off. Lynx will descend in a circling glide path with engines turned off. But its engines can be restarted during descend.

Link to an article on Lynx

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