XCOR, Developing the Next Generation Spaceplane


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 1-24
  3. Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 25-37
  4. Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 39-52
  5. Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 53-73
  6. Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 75-82
  7. Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 83-100
  8. Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 101-136
  9. Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 137-147
  10. Erik Seedhouse
    Pages 149-169
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 171-213

About this book


Employing the same informational approach Erik Seedhouse used in "SpaceX" and "Bigelow Aerospace", this new book familiarizes space enthusiasts with the company XCOR Aerospace and examines the design of the two-seater Lynx. The new spaceplane's low weight and high octane fuel confer important advantages, such as direct runway launches and the ability to fly several times per day. Over the last 15 years, XCOR has developed and built 13 different rocket engines, built and flown two manned rocket-powered aircraft and has accumulated over 4,000 engine firings and nearly 500 minutes of run time on their engines. 

This book serves as a go-to reference guide for suborbital scientists and those seeking to learn how one company has found success. Additionally, it describes the medical and training requirements for those flying on board the Lynx and the related critical roles of the astronaut trainers and a new breed of commercial space pilots. The end result is a thorough chronicle of the development of rocket propulsion, avionics, simulator and ground support operations being put into play by XCOR with the Lynx.


EZ Rocket Industrial Research in Low Orbit Jeff Greason Lynx Rocket Development Sierra Nevada Space Tourism SpaceX and Virgin Galactic Competitors Spaceport Usage Suborbital Payloads Tauri Group

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-26110-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-26112-6
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