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Press Release
XCOR EZ-Rocket Performs Touch-and-go

First time ever for rocket powered airplane

Mojave, CA, Tuesday, June 25, 2002:  XCOR Aerospace announced that its rocket engine test-bed, the XCOR EZ-Rocket, performed a "touch-and-go" maneuver, yesterday, Monday, June 24, at their test facility at the Mojave Airport in Mojave, CA. The "touch-and-go" maneuver was the first time ever for a rocket-powered airplane.


XCOR Chief engineer Dan DeLong congratulates pilot Dick Rutan on a successful touch-and-go flight.

The EZ-Rocket took off at 7:40 am and as XCOR test pilot Dick Rutan flew over the Mojave Airport he shut down both engines in flight. Rutan then brought the plane in to a power off landing on runway 30, touched down and rolled along the runway for several hundred feet. Rutan reignited the engines and took off, completing the "touch-and-go". The tenth flight of the EZ-Rocket lasted seven minutes 47 seconds and reached an altitude of 5,850 ft.

"Being able to perform a 'touch-and-go' further demonstrates our goal of safe and routine rocket-powered vehicle operation," said Jeff Greason, XCOR's CEO. "If you are going to fly with any kind of regularity you need to be able to safely abort a landing. The ability to reignite the engines and change your initial landing dramatically increases the safety of the vehicle allowing more routine operations. The EZ-Rocket's 'touch-and-go' helps demonstrate our capabilities."


The EZ-Rocket is followed by its piston powered counterpart, flown by Mike Melvill.

XCOR's test pilot, Dick Rutan, Lt. Col. USAF Ret., will be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame this summer. Rutan is a decorated combat pilot and is world renowned for the non-stop, round the world Voyager flight. The EZ-Rocket is America's first privately built, liquid fueled, rocket powered airplane and has set major milestones demonstrating routine operations of a rocket-powered vehicle. XCOR will demonstrate the EZ-Rocket during AirVenture 2002 in Oshkosh, WI. (http://www.airventure.org/)

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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