Friday, August 24, 2012

XCOR to Fly at KSC

Click the arrow to watch on YouTube excerpts from the August 23 press conference.

Florida Today reports that XCOR has signed an agreement to locate operations in Florida.

Kennedy Space Center’s goal to become a more commercial spaceport received a boost Thursday with XCOR Aerospace’s announcement that it planned to test, fly and eventually build suborbital spacecraft here.

The Mojave, Calif.-based company’s two-seater Lynx space plane could start taking off and landing at the shuttle runway in 2014, with a next-generation version flying customers regularly the following year.

XCOR estimates it could hire more than 150 people locally by 2018, and executives said the area’s skilled former shuttle workforce was key to their decision to base a manufacturing site on the Space Coast.

According to Aviation Week:

The plan calls for up to four flights of the Lynx spacecraft each day from the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for suborbital researchers and tourists within two years, and an adjacent assembly facility for the production of two to three of the vehicles annually.

Some details have yet to be worked out, including formal agreements with NASA for use of the SLF, the 15,000-ft.-long coastal runway once used by returning space shuttle crews. Market demand for the Lynx, which is expected to begin flight tests in Mojave by early 2013, has not been firmly established.

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