MIDLAND - XCOR Aerospace and Space Exploration Corporation (SXC) is completing the prototype of the Lynx spacecraft, expected to come out sometime after the summer 2013. XCOR is simultaneously planning for the company's expansion to Midland.
XCOR's new research and development flight test center will enable sustainable growth over the next few years.
The new facility will allow for further growth of XCOR and the development of future products such as a fully reusable orbital system in the coming years.
Upon completion and after settling into the new facility, XCOR will be able to present the Lynx to travelers at an unveiling event.
Space Exploration Corporation is aiming to send travelers on a 45 minute to an hour journey 60 km above the Earth’s surface, according to Michiel Mol, the company’s CEO.
Space Exploration Corporation expects demand for space travel to grow as they near their launch date.
In a survey conducted by the company, they estimated that by the year 2020, 20,000 people would both want to go to space and could afford SXC’s $100,000 ticket price. Travel agents can sell SXC flights.
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