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Press Release
XCOR EZ-Rocket Attempts Touch-and-Go Landing

The EZ-Rocket is pictured here at the airplane washrack at the Mojave Civilian Test Flight Center.
                                                                                                                                     - Photo by Aleta Jackson

Mojave, CA, Friday, February 01, 2002: - XCOR Aerospace continued the EZ-Rocket test program today with a test flight designed to demonstrate a touch-and-go landing. The ninth flight of the EZ-Rocket took place at the Mojave Civilian Test Flight Center in Mojave, CA.

The EZ-Rocket took off at 10:30 AM this morning from runway 30. The engines fired for about 50 seconds before pilot Dick Rutan shut the engines down in preparation for touch-and-go.  With about a half tank of fuel remaining, Lt. Col. Rutan brought the EZ-Rocket in for landing.  Upon touch-down engine number one failed to relight.  Col. Rutan stopped the test flight at that point and rolled the vehicle to a stop.  XCOR engineers believe they have diagnosed the reason for the relight failure and are now fixing the problem.  The company plans to repeat the flight attempt in about two weeks.

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



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