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XCOR Lynx space plane to begin flight tests soon


XCOR CEO Jeff Greason has been a life-long fan of manned spaceflight, and the Lynx space plane will be his very first foray into the arena for himself. The Lynx Mark 1 is nearing completion and is expected to begin test flights next year. Once those have been completed, the Mark 1 will be capable of carrying one passenger at a time to an altitude of 40 miles — approximately the height at which shooting stars burn up.

The single passenger will sit in the cockpit right beside the pilot and will definitely have a unique experience. A year after the Mark 1 begins its passenger operations, the six-passenger Lynx Mark 2 will debut, with the capability of reaching altitudes of 62 miles.

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