XCOR Announces AdamWorks as Lynx Mark I Cockpit Manufacturer
Mojave, California and Centennial, Colorado, August 28, 2012 — XCOR Aerospace announced today that the Lynx Mark I suborbital reusable launch vehicle (RLV) carbon fiber cockpit will be manufactured by AdamWorks of Centennial, Colorado.
The Lynx Mark I is the prototype of the Lynx family of suborbital RLVs from XCOR Aerospace. The Lynx suborbital vehicles will seat an astronaut pilot and a spaceflight participant, or an astronaut pilot and large scientific payload. A production model of the Lynx, designated "Lynx Mark II" is designed to fly to space up to four times per day with similar payload and significantly improved performance.
The Lynx Mark II is available for wet lease domestically and abroad in the free world by emerging spacelines, private operators and sovereign countries wishing to have their own manned spaceflight program for less cost than a traditional high end business jet.
XCOR has already announced the signing of a wet lease definitive agreement for Lynx Mark II operations in the island nation of Curacao and plans for XCOR-led operations at two U.S. sites, Mojave, California and Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida, pending final NASA approvals.
The Lynx cockpit has been designed by XCOR to rigorous design standards as a comfortable, roomy and safe, pressurized vessel capable of tens of thousands of flights to and from suborbital altitudes exceeding 100 kilometers. The cockpit has undergone an iterative design process by XCOR engineers and outside independent third party structural and thermal analysis experts from Quartus Engineering in San Diego.
AdamWorks was selected after a thorough competitive selection process that emphasized past experience, ability to manufacture complex carbon fiber structures used in safety critical pressurized applications, schedule and value.
“AdamWorks was enthusiastic and responsive during our selection process and demonstrated through past experience, like the Dream Chaser fuselage/cockpit project, the ability to produce a complex part on time and within budget. We are happy they’ll be working with us to turn our design into reality,” said Jeff Greason, Co-Founder and President of XCOR.
“A total of six firms are planning to build commercial space vehicles, and three of those six companies designing and building commercial space vehicles are AdamWorks customers,” said Kim Madigan, AdamWorks CEO. “XCOR is one of these great space pioneers. We are extremely proud and honored to be partners in this game-changing effort.”
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About XCOR Aerospace: XCOR Aerospace is based in Mojave, California. It is currently starting the process to create a new Research and Development Center in Midland, Texas. XCOR builds safe, reliable and reusable rocket-powered vehicles, propulsion systems, advanced non-flammable composites and rocket piston pumps. XCOR works with aerospace prime contractors and government customers on major propulsion systems, while also building Lynx. Lynx is a piloted, two-seat, fully reusable liquid rocket-powered vehicle that takes-off and lands horizontally. The Lynx-family of vehicles serves three primary missions depending on their specific type including: research & scientific missions, private spaceflight, and micro satellite launch (only on the Lynx Mark III). Lynx production models (designated Lynx Mark II) are designed to be robust, multi-mission (research / scientific or private spaceflight) commercial vehicles capable of flying to 100+ km in altitude up to four times per day. Lynx vehicles are available to customers in the free world on a wet lease basis. (www.xcor.com).
About AdamWorks: AdamWorks, based in Centennial, Colorado, is a leading provider of intelligently engineered composite solutions and systems for aerospace and defense and commercial industries. AdamWorks operates out of 30,000 square feet and is an ISO:9001 2008 certified company. http://www.adamworksinc.com/
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