Japanese Screen Star Koichi Iwaki to Fly on the XCOR Lynx
April 18, 2013, Tokyo, Japan - Earlier today in Tokyo, XCOR Aerospace General Sales Agent (GSA) Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) CEO Michiel Mol announced the latest Lynx Mark I flight participant as noted Japanese film actor Koichi Iwaki.
Mr Iwaki is a spokesman for the US watch company Luminox, an SXC affiliated partner. Mr Iwaki has starred in over fifty films and TV series since 1975. He is also an avid race car driver and motorcyclist.
Andrew Nelson, XCOR’s Chief Operating Officer noted “We are thrilled to announce that SXC has welcomed an exceptional artist—both on the screen and the road—to the growing list of Lynx flight clients. Iwaki-san is known as a groundbreaking artist in Japan and around the globe, and will be the first Japanese citizen to fly onboard a Lynx and I suspect he’ll be wearing his Luminox space watch.”
The XCOR Lynx flight test campaign is anticipated to begin later this year and commercial flights will be flown shortly after the conclusion of the test program.
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Koichi Iwaki official bio: IMDB.com
About XCOR Aerospace: XCOR Aerospace is on the verge of becoming the most active spaceflight company in the world based on safer, reliable and reusable rocket-powered vehicles, propulsion systems, advanced non-flammable composites and rocket piston pumps. XCOR is building Lynx, 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 or explorers who wish to buy a flight may contact XCOR or our General Sales Agent, Space Expedition Corporation (www.spacexc.com). XCOR also works with aerospace prime contractors and government customers on major propulsion systems development. XCOR Aerospace was founded in Mojave, California, is creating a new Research and Development Flight Test Center in Midland, Texas and establishing a suborbital flight operations base at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Hato International Airport in Curacao. (www.xcor.com)
About Space Expedition Corporation: Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) will offer daily commercial flights into space as of 2014 on XCOR Lynx vehicles. Spaceflight participants on the Lynx will have a life-changing experience in viewing our planet Earth from the edge of space. SXC is the lead customer of the Lynx vehicle that comfortably takes off and lands like a normal airplane, from regular airports. The Curacao airport in the Caribbean will most probably be the first location – and Spaceport – outside the USA. The spaceflight costs ~$100,000 per flight. XCOR and SXC have sold over 250 flights so far. SXC was established in 2008 by two Royal Netherlands Air Force Pilots: Major Harry van Hulten, a US Edwards AFB trained test pilot and Ben Droste, Lieutenant General (ret.) and former Commander of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The company is led by CEO Michiel Mol who has a strong international track record in IT, Formula 1, and Marketing among other pursuits. SXC is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and on the Island of Curacao in the Caribbean. Curacao was chosen because the environment is eminently suited for space flights and the life changing experience of seeing Planet Earth from high above. (www.spacexc.com)
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