A life-changing experience? How about eight?
XCOR Space Expeditions offers spaceflights in XCOR Lynx Mark I, reaching the edge of outer space at an altitude of 60 kilometers. The Lynx Mark II reaches the internationally recognized boundary of suborbital space, more than 100 kilometers above Earth. The flight path for both spacecraft is similar and equally exciting.
Unlike all other previously developed spacecraft, including the Space Shuttle, XCOR Lynx is equipped with an independent takeoff 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 or landings at sea. Lynx simply departs from the runway at any spaceport, and glides back to a runway on return. You will find yourself sitting next to the pilot. The four engines start. Your space voyage with XCOR Space Expeditions has begun.
1. LAUNCHED LIKE A BULLET
Astronauts say there is nothing that rivals the sensation of being launched from a rolling start. Within one minute, you will break the sound barrier. As you ascend you will see the Earth’s surface morphed into swaths of color while pressed into your seat. You are experiencing the thrill of the trip of a lifetime.
2. MACH 3: SPYPLANE TERRITORY
You feel the enormous acceleration caused by the four powerful rocket engines on our spacecraft Lynx. Soon you reach Mach 2.9. Only a handful of CIA and KGB pilots know what’s it like. So will you as you rocket into suborbital space.
3. ENGINE CUT-OFF: PERFECT SILENCE
One moment it’s all roaring rocket engines, G-forces and vibrations. The next: perfect silence, unlike anything you have experienced on Earth. Astronauts say this is one of the most profound moments of spaceflight.
4. INSTANT WEIGHTLESSNESS
At engine switch-off, you are weightless. An extreme sensation as you float above earth.
5. 103 KM, PAST THE KÁRMÁN LINE
You’re in suborbital space and officially an astronaut. 6 Minutes of enjoying Planet Earth as only 500 people have done before. This bucket list moment is one that few have ever achieved.
6. THE PULL OUT MANEUVER
While returning into the Earth’s atmosphere, Lynx pulls 4 G's in order to reduce speed. Only 20 seconds but truly, not a picnic.
7. ON THE WINGS OF AN ANGEL
Enjoy the view during the 40 minute glide back to Earth.
8. WING CEREMONY
After your return, XCOR Space Expeditions will award you your astronauts wings in the company of your personal guests.
XCOR Space Expeditions offers six exciting programs: The Pioneer, the Founder Astronaut (sold out), the Future Astronaut, the Advanced, the Iconic and the Rookie Astronaut program. You can find out more about each of our space programs HERE