XCOR Aerospace is an innovative small company that has pioneered rapid development of long-life, reusable rocket engines for human transport applications. Our company employs around 48 people.
XCOR's team is comprised of aerospace professionals, engineers, airplane builders, mechanics, composite technicians, machinists, and other highly-skilled and experienced people. This well-rounded group brings innovative skills to the complex tasks required in successfully making rocket propulsion-related hardware, systems, materials, and vehicles for commercial space flight. Our company functions as a tight-knit and cohesive group, and is not driven by a select few individuals. Every member plays an important part and typically wears more than a few hats.
Our rocket engine team has up-to-date expertise in rapid prototyping and low cost development that was demonstrated by designing, building, and hot fire testing twelve generations of rocket engines in eleven years (from 2000 through 2011). This accomplishment includes the four engines used in the piloted flights of the EZ-Rocket and the engines used on our second generation rocket-powered aircraft, the X-Racer and our newest engine, the XR-5K18, which will power the RLV Lynx . Four of these engines will carry a pilot, spaceflight participant, and payloads to the edge of space on a suborbital trajectory.
XCOR’s founders have worked together continuously since 1997, and at XCOR they have dedicated themselves to safer, more reliable, and routine space flight. Our management team brings decades of experience directing design and fabrication of complex projects.
Our hobbies include flying, soaring, airplane homebuilding, alternative transportation, steam engines, robotics, designing and building practically anything, and generally exploring the earth, skies, and oceans. The open and communicative environment of XCOR encourages us to be adventurous, creative, and experimental in everything we do.
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The XCOR Team with Buzz Aldrin
The Rocket Racer Crew at EAA AirVenture