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2012-09-12 02:21:04

KILLEEN, Texas, Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Astronauts have lived and trained in Texas for 50 years, but no astronaut has ever flown into space from Texas. That will change in the next few years when XCOR Aerospace begins flights from a new spaceport in Midland, Texas. Maureen Adams, a teacher and principal at West Ward Elementary School in Killeen, hopes to be among the first Lone Star astronauts. Adams is an astronaut candidate who is part of Citizens in Space, a project of the United...

Space Tourism Coming To Russia
2012-08-31 07:00:39

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Russia's NPO Molniya design bureau is designing a space tourist aircraft along with the Myasischev Experimental Factory (EMZ), according to a report by RIA Novosti. The companies are designing a space plane for sub-orbital "space tourism" and small satellite launches. The space plane will be launched from a subsonic carrier aircraft capable of getting to high altitudes. The spacecraft will take off from the launch aircraft and...

Rocket University Engineers Tested With High-Altitude Drop
2012-08-17 15:57:46

An experimental payload went 25,000 feet higher than planned during a recent test flight but still performed well and will be the basis for a larger flight test next year. "I think avionics-wise it went beautifully," said Chris Iannello, part of the team at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida that launched a high altitude balloon to the edge of the atmosphere and then tracked an instrument package they built as it free fell back to Earth. "We were all real pleased with it." The...

2012-07-24 06:20:39

MOJAVE, Calif., July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR Aerospace announced today that the Lynx suborbital vehicle's Payload User's Guide (PUG) is now available online from XCOR's website (www.xcor.com/contact/pug). (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120724/LA45421) XCOR Program Manager Khaki Rodway noted that "publication of the guide is a significant evolutionary step for XCOR, our payload integration partners, and scientists and educators who are ready to use our suborbital reusable...

2012-07-13 02:20:17

DALLAS, July 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Rocket Academy welcomed this week's announcement that XCOR Aerospace will establish a new Commercial Space Research and Development Center in Midland, Texas. "Texas is on the verge of becoming the Space State," said United States Rocket Academy chairman Edward Wright. "XCOR will be the fourth company testing fully reusable suborbital rocketships in Texas." Armadillo Aerospace and Blue Origin are already testing rocketships at Caddo...

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2012-07-11 11:23:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The U.K. government is embracing the future by working on regulations in order to allow the operation of spaceplanes. The new regulations would enable launch systems like the Skylon concept being developed by Reaction Engines Limited (REL) to take place in the U.K. Currently, these types of vehicles are prohibited from using European airspace, but the government is looking to change that. REL's Skylon vehicle would take off...

2012-07-09 10:20:30

MIDLAND, Texas, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Midland Development Corporation (MDC) and XCOR Aerospace jointly announced today the establishment of XCOR's new Commercial Space Research and Development Center Headquarters that will be created over the next eighteen (18) months. XCOR manufactures reusable rocket engines for major aerospace prime contractors and is the designer, manufacturer and operator of the Lynx, a winged fully reusable, high performance suborbital space...

2012-06-20 10:20:14

LONDON, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Excalibur Almaz Limited (EA), a commercial aerospace company based on the Isle of Man, British Isles, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with California-based XCOR Aerospace for suborbital flight services. The agreement signed in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society's 3rd European Space Tourism Conference calls for XCOR to provide suborbital flight familiarization and training using its Lynx vehicle for Excalibur Almaz crews traveling...

2012-06-07 10:20:20

MOJAVE, Calif. and NEW YORK, June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the Tom Sachs space-themed art exhibit, "Space Program: Mars" as a backdrop, XCOR Aerospace named Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) as the new General Sales Agent (GSA) for the XCOR owned Lynx Suborbital vehicle flying from the Mojave Air and Spaceport. SXC was previously announced as the first wet lease customer for a Lynx production vehicle with planned flights from Curacao. The GSA places the responsibility with SXC for...

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:...