NASA selects XCOR to participate in $10 million suborbital flight contract

  • 29-Aug-2011 01:46 EDT

XCOR’s Lynx is a piloted, two-seat, fully reusable, liquid rocket powered vehicle, that takes off and lands horizontally. It serves three primary missions: microsatellite launch, research & scientific missions, and private spaceflight.

NASA selected XCOR Aerospace to provide suborbital flight and payload integration services for research and scientific missions in a program that will offer up to $10 million dollars in contracts to match payload customers with flight vehicle services. XCOR's suborbital reusable launch vehicle, Lynx, is capable of up to four flights per day using advanced rapid call-up and turnaround operations. The Lynx will provide 3 to 4 min of microgravity as well as, if desired, exposure to the harsh environment of space. This will provide opportunities to investigate the largely unexplored regions of our upper atmosphere. XCOR’s partners—the Planetary Science Institute of Arizona, Southwest Research Institute in Texas, NanoRacks LLC of Kentucky and Washington, D.C., and Spaceflight Services of Washington—will provide payload processing and related support services based on their multiple areas of expertise.

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