Developing the Next Generation Spaceplane

Erik Seedhouse

XCOR: Developing the Next Generation Spaceplane XCOR Aerospace is one of the unsung success stories of commercial spaceflight. Thanks to the hard work of a small group of dedicated engineers, fueled by an entrepreneurial can-do attitude in the pursuit of the dream of reaching space, this company has developed and built 13 different rocket engines, built and flown two manned rocket-powered aircraft and has accumulated over 4,000 engine firings. These successes have launched the company to the forefront of the commercial space industry, and XCOR is now in the phased development of the Lynx, a suborbital spacecraft capable of taking a pilot and one spaceflight participant to the edge of space.

Table of Contents

About the author

1. XCOR: A Brief History
2. Key Players
3. Industry
4. Next-Generation Spacecraft
5. Spaceports
6. Missions and Payload Integration
7. Passenger Training and Certification
9. How to Fly

Appendix I: Statement of Michael Kelly, Before the House Transportation Committee
Appendix II: President, XCOR Aerospace
Appendix III: Payload Development Guide
Appendix IV: The PoSSUM Suborbital Spaceflight Simulator
Appendix V: Microgravity Experiment Developer's Kit
Appendix VI: Neurological Assessment for Suborbital Crewmembers

Extent: 213 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2016
ISBN: 978-3-319-26110-2

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