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2012-05-24 02:21:14

MOJAVE, Calif., May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR announced today that it has achieved a key technical milestone with its flight weight rocket piston pump hardware. XCOR engineers have successfully and repeatedly pumped liquid oxygen (LOX) at flow rates required to supply the Lynx suborbital vehicle main engines. Combined with earlier demonstrated kerosene pumps and fully characterized engines, XCOR is now poised for main propulsion integration into the Lynx flight weight fuselage. (Photo:...

2012-05-21 02:20:44

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A NASA-inspired competition is challenging citizen scientists to build hardware for collecting microorganisms at the edge of space. Citizen scientists can win cash prizes up to $10,000 in the High Altitude Astrobiology Challenge, announced Saturday by Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy. If successful, their work may help stop a future epidemic. Citizens in Space project manager Edward Wright announced the...

2012-05-16 02:20:21

MOJAVE, Calif., May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR Aerospace today announced the grand prize winner of a trip aboard the Lynx Mark I suborbital launch vehicle. XCOR Chief Operating Officer Andrew Nelson made the announcement at the Spacecraft Technology Expo (STE) in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120516/LA08278) "About two months ago, we were at an event called the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference, where together with the Southwest Research...

2012-05-03 18:20:07

MOJAVE, CA, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR's innovative piston pump technology took a ride from Roswell, NM to Mojave, CA in April 2012. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120503/LA01039) "We debated how best to put many hours of wear time on the critical bearing components of our rocket propellant piston pump, that are subject to significant wear and tear," said Dan DeLong, XCOR Chief Engineer. "This particular motorcycle, the Triumph Street Triple, develops about the same...

2012-02-27 15:00:00

MOJAVE, Calif. and PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR Aerospace announced today that it recently closed a $5 million round of equity funding. The round, combined with cash on hand plus anticipated and existing contracts, should fund the company through production of its Lynx Mark I Suborbital vehicle. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120227/LA60426) The financing included participation of new and previous investors. Among them are Esther Dyson,...

2012-02-27 03:13:00

MOJAVE, Calif., and PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) 2012 in Palo Alto, California, XCOR Aerospace announced that EMXYS of Spain, Texas A&M's Space Engineering Research Center, and the Planetary Science Institute have joined XCOR's payload processing sales channel for the Lynx suborbital vehicle. The new members of the XCOR team will provide services to the research, scientific, educational, engineering, and...

Xombie Rocket's First Free-Flight Test Successful
2012-02-16 11:53:51

[ Watch the Video ] Draper Laboratory has performed its first free-flight test of Masten Space Systems' "Xombie" rocket using the Guidance Embedded Navigator Integration Environment System (GENIE), reports the Associated Press The rocket is being developed for a NASA program to help explore vertical landing systems for solar system exploration. The Xombie suborbital rocket hovered about 164 feet off the ground, and safely landed back onto the platform. Draper said the testing...

2012-01-30 10:36:00

MOJAVE, Calif., Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR Aerospace and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) announce the final week to register and become eligible to win a suborbital research flight on XCOR's Lynx I vehicle at the Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC-2012) in Palo Alto, CA on February 27-29. The deadline for early conference registration and for entering the drawing is the 10th of February at nsrc.swri.org. (Photo:...

2011-11-15 16:59:00

MOJAVE, Calif. and BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In a first of its kind prize for the reusable suborbital research community, XCOR Aerospace and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) announced today that a research flight will be awarded to one lucky paid registrant at the NSRC-2012 Conference (nsrc.swri.org) to be held 27-29 February 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resort in Palo Alto, California. "This is a great day for the researcher, educator or the...

2011-09-19 06:00:00

MOJAVE, Calif., and CURACAO, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Space Expedition Curacao (SXC) and XCOR Aerospace, Inc. jointly announced today the completion of a multi-million dollar transaction that secures the wet lease of production Lynx tail number two for operation on the Caribbean island of Curacao, pending export licensing action. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110812/LA51851) "Since we signed the initial Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in October of 2010, XCOR and...