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XCOR and Dick Rutan Roll Out EZ-Rocket

First Public Demonstration of New Rocket Plane



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Mojave, Monday November 12, 2001: Today XCOR Aerospace demonstrated its EZ-Rocket before a crowd of investors, aviation professionals, government officials, and well wishers from the local Mojave area.
"The EZ-Rocket provides us with a major step forward in routine operations of liquid-fueled rocket vehicles," said XCOR President Jeff Greason. "The next step is to build a higher performance vehicle that can generate revenue through routine and reliable suborbital transportation."


Photo by Mike Massee for XCOR Aerospace

Test Pilot Dick Rutan explains the finer points of the EZ-Rocket to Press and Public

A highly modified Long-EZ aircraft, the EZ-Rocket is powered by two 400 pound thrust, regeneratively cooled, liquid fueled rocket engines. The flight test program is under the experienced hand of world famous test pilot Lieutenant Colonel Dick Rutan, USAF Retired. According to Dick, "The months of development have paid off in a series of highly successful test flights."

XCOR Aerospace is a California corporation located in Mojave, California. The company is in the business of developing and producing safe, reliable and re-usable rocket engines.

Additional Flight Information:

At 1045 hours today the EZ-Rocket took off from the Mojave Civilian Flight Test Center and climbed to an altitude of 9,000 feet before gliding back to runway 26. The EZ-Rocket is powered by twin 400 pound thrust rocket engines designed and built by XCOR Aerospace. The flight had an engine run time of two minutes and seven seconds and total flight time of eight minutes and thirty-five seconds.

About XCOR Aerospace

XCOR Aerospace is a California corporation located in Mojave, California. The company is in the business of developing and producing safe, reliable and reusable rocket-powered vehicles and propulsion systems that enable affordable access to space.

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