XCOR Aerospace Completes Successful First Test Fire of Engine for Lynx Suborbital Launch Vehicle
The new engine, designated the 5K18, produces between 2500-2900 lbf thrust by burning a mixture of liquid oxygen and kerosene. The engine was fired
“Today’s successful hot fire marks an important step forward in building the Lynx,” said XCOR CEO
During its nine years of existence, XCOR has conducted over 3,600 hot fires of rocket engines. During this time, XCOR has built, test-fired, and flown many different engines. The 5K18 is the eleventh engine design XCOR has built and fired. All have had perfect safety records. XCOR has not had a single lost time injury due to engine operations during its nine years of existence. It has also never seen one of its engines wear out, which is in marked contrast with the experience of most of the aerospace industry. XCOR’s experience also includes building rocket-powered vehicles. The company has already developed and safely flown two generations of rocket-powered aircraft. Overall, the firm has flown these vehicles 66 times, and XCOR alone accounts for more than half of all manned rocket-powered flights in the 21st century. The Lynx will mark the company’s third rocket-powered vehicle, and the first designed for space access.
“Firing a new rocket engine is always an important milestone,” said COO
“The propulsion system is not only the hardest part of the launcher to design and build, it also determines every other aspect of the vehicle,” said XCOR CEO
“XCOR’s revolutionary rocket engines are the heart of our vehicle design,” Nelson states. “They are a disruptive technology in the space launch industry because they make it possible to deliver payloads with much higher reliability, significantly shorter lead times and dramatically lower operating costs. Our safety-enhanced engines are also easier on the environment. They will make the Lynx a game-changer in the space launch industry.”
The Lynx will use four of the 5K18 engines to carry people or payloads to the edge of space. Earlier this month, XCOR announced that RocketShip Tours, of
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