Los Angeles, March 26, 2008 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ 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,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said XCOR CEO Jeff Greason. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œFuture 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.
The plans are for a 2 year development and 50 test flights over 6 months starting in 2010. The vehicle uses kerosene/LOX propellents and should be able to take off and land under it’s own power.
The XCor Press Release has all the details, and a short video as well.