XCOR Lynx

The XCOR Lynx is a suborbital horizontal-takeoff, horizontal-landing (HTHL), rocket-powered spaceplane under development by the California-based company XCOR Aerospace to compete in the emerging suborbital spaceflight market. The Lynx is projected to carry one pilot, a ticketed passenger, and/or a payload above 100 km altitude. As of July 2015, the passenger ticket was projected to cost $150,000.

The concept has been under development since 2003, when a two-person suborbital spaceplane was announced under the name Xerus. According to a September 2015 report, the first flight of the Lynx spaceplane is likely to be in the second quarter of 2016 from Midland, Texas.


XCOR Lynx
Class Aircraft
Type Utility
Manufacturer XCOR Aerospace
Origin United States of America
Country Name Origin Year
United States of America 2014
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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The XCOR Lynx is a suborbital horizontal-takeoff, horizontal-landing (HTHL), rocket-powered spaceplane under development by the California-based company XCOR Aerospace to compete in the emerging suborbital spaceflight market. The Lynx is projected to carry one pilot, a ticketed passenger, and/or a payload above 100 km altitude. As of March 2014, the passenger ticket was projected to cost $95,000.

The concept has been under development since 2003, when a two-person suborbital spaceplane was announced under the name Xerus. Fabrication and assembly of the Lynx Mark I is currently underway.

Xerus

In 2003, XCOR proposed the Xerus (pronunciation: zEr'us) suborbital spaceplane concept. It was to be capable of transporting one pilot and one passenger as well as some science experiments and it would even be capable of carrying an upper stage which would launch near apogee and therefore would potentially be able to carry satellites into low-Earth orbit. As late as 2007, XCOR continued to refer to their future two-person spaceplane concept as Xerus,

Lynx

The Lynx was initially announced on March 26, 2008, with plans for an operational vehicle within two years. However, the build of the Lynx Mark I flight article did not commence until mid 2013 and, as of October 2014, XCOR claimed that the first flight would take place in 2015. Passengers due to make flights in the Lynx include the 23 astronaut selectees from the Axe Apollo Space Academy worldwide contest.

Function Manned suborbital launch and reentry
Manufacturer XCOR Aerospace
Size
Stages (none, fully reusable spacecraft)
Boosters
No. boosters 4
Engines
Thrust 2,900 pounds
Burn time
Fuel LOX-Kerosene

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