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a life- changing experience?

how about eight?

 

The Pull Out Maneuver.

Returning into the Earth's atmosphere, the Lynx pulls some 4 G's. Only 25 seconds but truly, not a picnic.

 

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Being launched like a bullet.

According to astronauts, there's no matching the sensation of being launched to a 'rolling start'. Seeing the earth's surface around you being morphed into swipes of colour while you're pressed into your pilot seat. And seeing the Earth getting smaller and smaller in your cockpit rearview camera.

Mach 3: territory of spyplanes.

Only a handfull of CIA and KGB pilots know what's it like. So will you.

Engine cut off: instant weightlessness and perfect silence.

Roaring rocket engines, G-forces and vibrations in one moment, perfect silence as you cannot experience on Earth, and floating from your seat the next. According to Commander Rick Searfoss (3 times Space Shuttle Captain and your SXC pilot) maybe even the most mesmerizing moment of the flight.

103 km, passed the Karman Line

You're in Deep Space and officially an astronaut. 6 Minutes of enjoying Planet Earth as only 500 people did before.

The Pull Out Maneuver.

Returning into the Earth's atmosphere, the XCOR Lynx pulls some 4 G's. Only 25 seconds but truly, not a picnic.

On The Wings of an Angel

40 Minutes of gliding back to Earth, enjoying the view all the way from Florida to Brasil.

Wing Ceremony

Returning on the platform, during an official ceremony you will be awarded your astronauts wings in the company of your own personal guests.

Spaceflight

 

Welcome to our Spaceport

Your space experience starts at one of our two magnificent Spaceports: Spaceport Curacao and Spaceport Mojave.

 

Lynx Mark II – Launching from Spaceport Curacao and Spaceport Mojave

 

Pre-launch protocol

Unlike all other previously developed spacecrafts, including the Space Shuttle, XCOR's Lynx Mark II spaceship is equipped with an independent take-off and landing system. The ship’s four revolutionary rocket engines can be shut down and restarted in-flight at any time. There are no disposable carrier rockets, carriers or landings at sea. The Lynx Mark II simply departs from the runway at Curacao Spaceport, and glides back to a runway landing after the flight. You will find yourself sitting next to the pilot, going over the take-off checklist. The four engines start. Your space travel has begun.

 

T +58 seconds: breaking the sound barrier

You will experience the powerful thrust that is so familiar to jet pilots and Formula 1 drivers. Before you know it, the Lynx Mark II is accelerating at an incredibly fast rate. The landscape on both sides of the runway turns into a blurry green-blue. Then you ascend. Fast and steep. As you speed toward the sky, the large transparent canopy offers you a spectacular view. Within one minute, you will break the sound barrier and step into the footsteps of Chuck Yeager, the man who first accomplished this feat, in 1947.

 

T +180 seconds: faster than a bullet

The take-off is an extremely rare experience. You feel the enormous acceleration caused by the four powerful rocket engines. Soon you reach Mach 2.9. Something even F16 pilots hardly ever achieve.

 

Engine cut-off: Earth as only 500 people have seen her

At an altitude of nearly 60 km, the pilot switches off the engines. The parabolic flight begins. The crew experiences weightlessness for several minutes. The Lynx Mark II reaches apogee at 103 km. The official frontier of space begins at 100 km. A place where the sky is completely black, despite the sunshine. From here, the Earth’s curvature is clearly visible from the cockpit. 

 

Gliding back on the wings of an angel

After five to six minutes in space, the Lynx Mark II begins descending back to Earth. It will then rapidly pick up speed. In order to reduce its speed, the Lynx Mark II will do a pullout maneuver. During this maneuver, you will experience 4G for 20 to 25 seconds. From then on, you will glide back to Curacao or Mojave while enjoying the view. After a gliding flight of about 40 minutes, often referred to as floating “on the wings of an angel,” the Lynx Mark II lands on the runway at Spaceport Curaçao or Spaceport Mojave. The entire flight has taken almost an hour.

 

Lynx Mark I – Launching from Spaceport Mojave

 

Pre-launch protocol

Unlike all other previously developed spacecrafts, including the Space Shuttle, XCOR's Lynx Mark I spaceship is equipped with an independent take-off and landing system. The ship’s four revolutionary rocket engines can be shut down and restarted in-flight at any time. There are no disposable carrier rockets, carriers or landings at sea. The Lynx Mark I simply departs from the runway at Spaceport Mojave, and glides back to a runway landing after the flight. You will find yourself sitting next to the pilot, going over the take-off checklist. The four engines start. Your space travel has begun.

 

T +58 seconds: breaking the sound barrier

You will experience the powerful thrust that is so familiar to jet pilots and Formula 1 drivers. Before you know it, the Lynx Mark I is accelerating at an incredibly fast rate. The landscape on both sides of the long runway turns into a blur. Then you ascend. Fast and steep. As you speed toward the sky, the large transparent canopy offers you a spectacular view. Within one minute, you will break the sound barrier and step into the footsteps of Chuck Yeager, the man who first accomplished this feat, in 1947.

 

T +180 seconds: faster than a bullet

The take-off is an extremely rare experience. You feel the enormous acceleration caused by the four powerful rocket engines Then, you reach Mach 2. Something even F16 pilots hardly ever achieve.

 

Engine cut-off: to the edge of space

At an altitude of about 42 km, the pilot switches off the engines. The parabolic flight begins. The crew experiences weightlessness for several minutes. The Lynx Mark I soon reaches apogee at 61 km. The edge of space. A place where the sky is black, despite the sunshine. High above the vast Mojave Desert, you see beyond the mountains and Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. From here the Earth’s curvature is clearly visible from the cockpit.

 

Gliding back on the wings of an angel

After three to four minutes in mesosphere, the Lynx Mark I begins descending back to Earth. It will then rapidly pick up speed. In order to reduce its speed, the Lynx Mark I will do a pullout maneuver. During this maneuver, you will experience 4G for 20 seconds. From then on, you will glide back to Spaceport Mojave while enjoying the view. After a gliding flight of about 30 minutes, often referred to as floating “on the wings of an angel,” the Lynx Mark I lands on the runway at Spaceport Mojave. The entire flight has taken about 45 minutes.

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    Explore our XCOR Lynx Mark II spaceship

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