April 29, 2013, Mojave, California - XCOR Aerospace sends our warmest and heartfelt congratulations to our friends and colleagues at Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites on their successful first powered flight of the Spaceship Two (SS2) suborbital space plane.
We applaud their exceptional teams on taking the next step in the greatest journey the human race has ever known. We look forward to meeting them there, above the clouds, where the adventure has only just begun.
Much work is left for the promise of commercial spaceflight to be realized. We look forward to working with our colleagues in the Commercial Spaceflight Federation on advancing industry best practices, working on export licensing reform, and ensuring international regulatory frameworks that enable a new industry and inspire a generation of future innovators.
Today is a day to celebrate and acknowledge a job well done. Not only did Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two perform its first powered flight this morning, it also broke the sound barrier. Great job, Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites!
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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)