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XCOR Lynx vehicle is a two-seat piloted space transport vehicle that will take humans and payloads on a suborbital flight. The winged vehicle has an all composite airframe, will take off and land at the same runway using four XCOR XR-5K18 Liquid Oxygen and Kerosene engines. The Lynx aircraft-like capabilities allow for high-tempo operations, up to four flights per day, rapid call-up, fast turnaround between flights and a focus of safety and reliability. For more information on the vehicle please click here.
Lynx Mark I, which is in fabrication and anticipated to carry its first payloads soon, will fly suborbital experiments to an altitude of approximately ~190,000 feet (~58 km). Lynx Mark II, which will be available 12-18 months later and will fly a suborbital trajectory to a higher altitude, up to ~330,000 feet (~100+ km). Lynx Mark III is a derivative vehicle specially designed to carry an external, top-mounted, dorsal pod suitable for outsized experiment carriage or be able to launch payloads destined for low Earth orbit (LEO) using an expendable upper stage, and will follow Mark II availability.
The Lynx Mark I and Lynx Mark II offer several multi-mission payload capabilities including: in-cockpit experiments, externally exposed experiments, test pilot/astronaut training, upper atmospheric sampling, and personal spaceflight (space tourism). Microsatellite launch / ballistic trajectory research is available on Lynx Mk. III / US launch only. Detailed specifications of the mission profile, payload interfaces (including power), as well as information about engineering services and payload integration is found in the Lynx Payload Users Guide.
XCOR provides suborbital flight, payload processing and related support services to payload users through a number of independent Payload Integrators which specialize in payload integration.