YOUR MISSION, OUR SHIP

XCOR Lynx vehicle is a two-seat piloted space transport vehicle that will take humans and payloads on a suborbital flight. The winged vehicle has an all composite airframe, will take off and land at the same runway using four XCOR XR-5K18 Liquid Oxygen and Kerosene engines. The Lynx aircraft-like capabilities allow for high-tempo operations, up to four flights per day, rapid call-up, fast turnaround between flights and a focus of safety and reliability. For more information on the vehicle please click here.

Lynx Mark I, which is in fabrication and anticipated to carry its first payloads soon, will fly suborbital experiments to an altitude of approximately ~190,000 feet (~58 km). Lynx Mark II, which will be available 12-18 months later and will fly a suborbital trajectory to a higher altitude, up to ~330,000 feet (~100+ km). Lynx Mark III is a derivative vehicle specially designed to carry an external, top-mounted, dorsal pod suitable for outsized experiment carriage or be able to launch payloads destined for low Earth orbit (LEO) using an expendable upper stage, and will follow Mark II availability.

The Lynx Mark I and Lynx Mark II offer several multi-mission payload capabilities including: in-cockpit experiments, externally exposed experiments, test pilot/astronaut training, upper atmospheric sampling, and personal spaceflight (space tourism). Microsatellite launch / ballistic trajectory research is available on Lynx Mk. III / US launch only. Detailed specifications of the mission profile, payload interfaces (including power), as well as information about engineering services and payload integration is found in the Lynx Payload Users Guide.

XCOR provides suborbital flight, payload processing and related support services to payload users through a number of independent Payload Integrators which specialize in payload integration.

Lynx can carry in-cabin and external payloads, as well as a spaceflight participant, who could be the experimenter. Lynx Mark I and II total payload mass is up to 280 kg. Lynx Mark III total payload mass can range up to 650 kg.

Heavier payloads decrease the mission’s altitude and reduce the duration of low acceleration shown earlier.

Learn more about our internal and external payloads below or contact us at payloads@xcor.com

 

IN-CABIN EXPERIMENTS

Internal Payloads will be contained within the vehicle’s ambient cabin environment. For the Lynx Mark II vehicle, these locations are ideal for microgravity experiments as well as instruments requiring steer-and-pointing maneuvers for observations from the cockpit.

PAYLOAD ALPHA

Payload Alpha is latched to the seat track aft of the pilot’s seat and in front of the pressure dome. The shape, a right-triangular volume with the top cut off, is 45 cm high by 40.5 cm wide (roughly the width of the pilot’s seat). At the bottom, the space is 40 cm deep, extending aft. At the top, the space is only 14 cm deep, extending aft. Payload mass is a maximum mass of 20 kg.

 

 

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Citizens in Space Cub Carrier (Image Courtesy of Citizens in Space)

PAYLOAD BETA

The XCOR Lynx right seat can be fit with a payload in place of a human in a pressure suit, with two stacked Space Shuttle middeck lockers (MDLs), a standard 19 inch electronic equipment rack, or custom rack. The primary internal payload will accommodate a maximum mass of 120 kg (265 lbs) in Payload Beta. This payload position has transparencies on both the front and sides.

A Mission specialist can operate experiments in the Payload Beta location, or other custom instruments such as telescopes or cameras. The Mission Specialist may be wearing biometric sensors or biomedical devices, performing research tasks, or may be flying as part of test pilot or astronaut training operations. The mission specialist will be required to wear a pressure suit.

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The SwRI Solar Instrument Pointing Platform (SSIPP). Image Courtest of Southwest Research Institute

 

PRICING

Internal Payload Location/Description Price per Flight
Payload Alpha Cockpit-Behind Pilot $50,000*
Payload Beta Cockpit-Mission Specialist $115,000/105,000*
Payload Beta Cockpit-Participant Location/Full Rack $95,000*
* Prices are exemplary for Lynx Mark I/II. Retail payload flight can be purchased through approved payload integration channel partners.  Pricing from XCOR Payload Integration Channel Partners maybe less than or greater than these listed, depending on payload integration services.

Detailed specifications of payload space and interfaces, as well as information about engineering services and payload integration can be found in the Payload Users Guide.

EXTERNAL PAYLOADS

FOR SAMPLING AND REMOTE SENSING MISSIONS

External payload locations are ideal for sampling and remote sensing missions. A port hatch is provided for external payload exposure while in flight. Environmental controls are not provided.

PAYLOAD CHARLIE

For Lynx Mark I and Mark II, two cowling payloads can be carried on each flight (Payload CP and Payload CS), one on each side of the vehicle in the aft cowling, external to the pressure cabin. Payloads CP and CS each hold a double (2U) CubeSat (10 x 10 x 22 cm). Maximum mass for each payload C is 2 kg. Payloads can be provided power and have access to the external environment via a port hatch, ideal for atmospheric sampling missions.

PAYLOAD DELTA

For the US-based Lynx Mark III only, the payload location is an external dorsal-mounted pod, which holds up to 650 kg (1433 lbs) and is large enough to hold a space telescope or two stage carrier to launch multiple nanosatellites into low Earth orbit. This pod can also carry experiments that return with the vehicle.

PRICING

External Payload Location/Description Price per Flight
Payload Charlie Cowling-2U Cubesat form factor $20,000*
Payload Delta Lynx Mark III-Dorsal Pod $250,000-$500,000*
* Prices are exemplary for Lynx Mark I/II. Retail payload flights can be purchased through approved payload integration channel partners.  Pricing from XCOR Payload Integration Channel Partners maybe less than or greater than these listed, depending on payload integration services provided.

Detailed specifications of the payload spaces and interfaces, as well as information about engineering services and payload integration can be found in the Lynx Payload Users Guide.

Request a Payload Users Guide by email to payloads@xcor.com