XCOR PARTNERS WITH SYNCRONESS FOR RAPID PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

March 30, 2017

XCOR Aerospace, a pioneer in the rapid development of long-life, reusable rocket engines, has recently chosen Syncroness, Inc. of Westminster, Colorado as a development partner.  This relationship will set the stage for advanced product development and engineering solutions for years to come.

XCOR is focused on long-life, reusable rocket engines for human transport applications and is dedicated to making the dream of spaceflight a reality for its customers, investors and employees.

Through developing and producing highly reusable, affordable engines and vehicles with low service requirements, XCOR provides platforms to dramatically increase the viability of space missions and opportunities across markets.

“Syncroness is thrilled to be working with XCOR” stated Todd Mosher, Syncroness Vice President of Engineering.  “It validates the strong commitment we’ve made to our customers in the Aerospace market and our continued growth in this market.  We look forward to serving XCOR with our commercial approach to delivering rapid product development services and high quality products.”

Syncroness places strong emphasis on the value and contribution we provide to our strategic business partners.  XCOR is positioned to be an industry change agent providing cost-effective, reusable, and reliable engines.  Syncroness is proud to support XCOR’s long term goals and looks forward to a successful collaboration.

About Syncroness: For more than 18 years, Syncroness has provided inspired solutions to highly complex business and technical problems. The company has a strong portfolio of clients in the aerospace, medical device, and consumer markets.

By providing a full complement of engineering services aligned to the entire product lifecycle, Syncroness enables companies to accelerate product development and drive more predictability and productivity into their businesses. Working with Syncroness, companies gain the critical insights necessary to develop products that make a difference and create a better world.

Syncroness is based in Westminster, Colorado.  www.syncroness.com.

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GLASGOW PRESTWICK TAKES A STEP CLOSER TO LAUNCHING MANNED SPACE FLIGHTS

Glasgow Prestwick Spaceport, XCOR and Orbital Access Limited cement partnership by signing strategic Memorandum of Understanding

Farnborough, UK, July 12, 2016 – US manned space launch vehicle designer XCOR Aerospace has signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with spaceplane design and operating company Orbital Access Limited and Glasgow Prestwick Spaceport. This partnership is supported by Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Government’s economic development agency.

The MoU paves the way for the establishment of manned launch services at Prestwick using XCOR’s Lynx spacecraft with support from existing Scottish aerospace organisations.
XCOR would also collaborate to establish new industrial and support activities at Prestwick, and within the wider Scottish space and aerospace sector.
The space launch service would be run by Orbital Access Limited as the first of a network of similar services at emerging horizontal launch spaceports worldwide.
Announcing the strategic collaboration at Farnborough International Airshow, Orbital Access CEO Stuart McIntyre set out the vision for a global launch service using the XCOR Lynx spacecraft, working alongside the unique aerospace industrial capabilities found in the Scottish aerospace sector.

He said: “The Lynx represents a highly versatile manned spacecraft to service space research missions in zero gravity, and provide academics and industry with a unique and responsive research environment. It can also support leisure sub-orbital flights. This will complement our satellite launch systems, which are in development, and complete the suite of launch services Orbital Access will be offering at spaceports globally.”

Mike Stewart, Business Development Director at Glasgow Prestwick Spaceport, said:
“Glasgow Prestwick Spaceport is fortunate enough to already have the UK’s only space launch company, Orbital Access Limited, based right on its doorstep. Signing the Memorandum of Understanding with Orbital Access and XCOR is a further step forward in our work to make space launches from our site a reality.

“We already have the vast majority of the infrastructure in place and with as little as £1million investment we could be up and running. Having a pipeline of partners, customers and suppliers in place will be hugely helpful in pulling together the business case for the investment required to get up and running.
“The progress that we are making now that the UK Government has decided to make this a licensing regime rather than a bidding process demonstrates that this was the right decision for the industry and the UK economy. This has allowed the market to accelerate the process and decide where it feels that launches can be best delivered. We are delighted that Orbital Access and XCOR have decided that the best place for them is Glasgow Prestwick Spaceport and that they are establishing operational bases onsite.”

Jay Gibson CEO President of XCOR added:
“Strategic aerospace industrial partnerships and strong routes to market characterise our approach to bringing this ground breaking system to fruition.
“Our unique reusable rocket motor technology is at the core of the Lynx and we are looking forward to working with partners in the Scottish aerospace and space sector.”

The MoU sets out an action plan for defining operations at Prestwick and establishing a global operational deployment model for Orbital Access Limited.

Speaking at the Farnborough event, Dr Philippa Whiteford MP commented on this new partnership, saying:
“I was delighted to have been able to play my part in Prestwick’s future by convincing the UK Government to abandon their plan for a single Spaceport site, rumoured to be Newquay, and instead establish a licensing system to allow all sites to compete on their merits. Prestwick is now leading the race as it already has the key requisites for a Spaceport in its long runway, clear weather and associated aerospace expertise.”
“I applaud the enthusiasm and determination of our Spaceport Team and welcome the agreements established this week between the Airport, local aerospace companies and space launch businesses.
This, along with their links to Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities, is turning Prestwick into a real Aero-Space Campus.”

About Orbital Access
Orbital Access Limited is the UK’s first specialist spaceplane design and operating company. As such it will lead the development of UK designed and manufactured horizontal take off space launch systems. It occupies the iconic Palace of Engineering at Glasgow Prestwick Airport and is embarking on the development of a series of vehicles tailored to launch space payloads and satellites manufactured by the burgeoning UK satellite industry. More Information available at www.orbital-access.com

About XCOR 
XCOR Aerospace is based in Mojave, California and is currently creating a Research and Development Center in Midland, Texas and an operational and manufacturing site at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with the assistance of Space Florida. XCOR builds safer, more reliable, and reusable rocket-powered vehicles, propulsion systems, advanced non-flammable composites and rocket piston pumps. Through Amsterdam based XCOR Space Expeditions, a wholly owned subsidiary of XCOR, the company offers space-focused training programs with a variety of medical screening and specialty training missions for future XCOR Lynx flight participants. Learn more at www.xcor.com

About Glasgow Prestwick Spaceport
Glasgow Prestwick Spaceport is set to become one of the UK and Europe’s first spaceports.
The development of a spaceport at Prestwick is being led by Glasgow Prestwick Airport, an operational airport on the west coast of Scotland. The airport is in the process of developing a business plan for the spaceport and is building a network of potential partners, suppliers and customers.
The airport commissioned a technical feasibility study, using the FAA spaceport regulations as a guideline. The results of this indicated that Glasgow Prestwick Spaceport could be operational with as little as £1million of investment. The airport benefits from a 2,986 meter concrete base runway, coastal take offs, favourable weather conditions, excellent transport connections,  easy access to world class academics in the space sector and a knowledgeable and skilled workforce.If Glasgow Prestwick Airport is successful in securing a spaceport operator’s license, it could lead to the creation of 2,000 additional jobs and generate a further £320 million for the UK economy. The airport also offers passenger, executive, military and cargo aviation services and it sits at the heart of a hub for aviation and aerospace companies. Find out more at glasgowprestwick.com/spaceport. Pictures available upon request – please email communications@glasgowprestwick.com

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XCOR ANNOUNCES STRONGER STRATEGIC FOCUS ON LH2 PROGRAM

Midland, TX May 31, 2016

Following recent breakthroughs in its development of safer, cost-effective, sustainable, reliable and instantly reusable rocket engines for XCOR’s Lynx and other launchers, XCOR Aerospace announced earlier today that it has decided to focus the majority of its resources on the final development of its revolutionary liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen (LH2) program.

This innovative propulsion technology has applications for upper-stage liquid hydrogen engines suitable for the Atlas V, the Delta IV, and the planned NASA Space Launch System (SLS). This shift underscores the partnership between XCOR and ULA, USA’s premier launch services provider that was announced March 9 this year.

“Based on the immediate engine opportunities presented to us and our resource constraints we decided we needed to fully focus on the LH2 program for the forthcoming period,” said Jay Gibson, President and CEO of XCOR Aerospace. “Given that we remain a small-scale company, we are planning to place more emphasis on fine-tuning the hydrogen engine program to achieve an optimal closed loop system for cryogenic rocket engines.

“We are convinced that this effort will ensure that XCOR is ultimately better positioned to finish the Lynx Project and produce an efficient, reliable and safe vehicle. Instantly Reusable Launch Vehicles will make the edge of space accessible for everyone and our efforts with ULA on the LH2 propulsion systems will do the same for deep space.”

XCOR will continue to keep working from both its Mojave and Midland locations.

XCOR ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTORS AND ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Midland TX, March 30, 2016

The board of directors at XCOR Aerospace is seeing new additions, and with immediate effect the board welcomes 3 new members: Charles Thomas (Tom) Burbage, Michael Gass and Arthur Bozlee. Former board members Jeff Greason, Stephen Fleming and Michiel Mol gave up their board seats to allow for these new members. Michiel Mol, XCOR’s biggest shareholder, will remain actively involved in the company’s daily operations.

All new members have prominent previous experience in the air and space industry. Tom Burbage spent the recent years at Lockheed Martin as one of the company’s Senior Executives with a track record in managing the F-22 program and, until recently, as General Manager for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program. Michael Gass was former President and CEO of United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. ULA was formed in December 2006 by combining R&D capabilities of both companies, providing new spacecraft launch services to the government of the United States, amongst which both the Department of Defense, NASA, as well as other organizations. Art Bozlee is a well respected specialist in spaceflight, aviation and the impact of technology on society and culture. After many years in large engineering companies he now concentrates on private efforts to put humans in space with private companies.

John H. (Jay) Gibson II, CEO of XCOR Aerospace, underlines the importance of having these new members at XCOR Aerospace, as their insights and experience in the air and space technology industry are crucial for the pioneering sector of reusable rocket-engines and are certain of adding valuable contributions. “The appointment of these diverse and experienced industry leaders to our Board clearly reflects the transformation XCOR is currently undergoing.

With the Lynx i-RLV (Instantly Reusable Launch Vehicle) project coming closer to completion, XCOR is turning from a company of inventors into a well organized aerospace manufacturer with a clear ambition; making space accessible for everyone. The competences and experiences of Tom, Michael and Arthur will play a key part in enhancing XCOR’s future development”, says Gibson.

XCOR’s Advisory Board also welcomes a new member: Michael Lòpez-Alégria. Michael Lòpez-Alégria is a four time veteran astronaut with an extraordinary record of spending over 167 hours in space (In fact, Lòpez-Alégria’s Extra Vehicular Activities, or ‘space walks’, are only exceeded by one other astronaut). The Board is still chaired by Lieut Gen ret. Ben Droste, former commander of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, whose track record and background illustrates the international reach and ambition of XCOR. Ben was co-founder of Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) that was acquired by, and integrated in XCOR in 2014.

US AIR FORCE AWARDS ULA AND XCOR ROCKET CONTRACT FOR UPPER STAGE PROPULSION

 

Jay Gibson, President XCOR : “We are very proud of our long and ongoing relationship with ULA, and very pleased ULA has chosen XCOR as a potential upper stage engine provider. We have already begun work on the 8H21 development, and are very excited about the long term potential for XCOR to support ULA and the United States Air Force in their evolving launch efforts.”

XCOR’s 8H21 LO2/LH2 engine (25k lbf thrust) is being developed for the upper stage propulsion for ULAs Advanced Cryogenic Evolved Stage (ACES). Since 2008 XCOR has been working closely with ULA on a subscale 2,500 lbf thrust liquid hydrogen engine, which was successfully built and tested in 2015.

In 2016, XCOR began development on the full scale 25k lbf thrust liquid hydrogen engine, the 8H21, under a privately funded contract with ULA. This partnership with the Air Force will further support this engine development.

The 8H21 is a liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen rocket engine that uses XCOR’s proprietary piston pumps and other unique rocket engine components to deliver a low cost solution for easier access to space. The 8H21 also uses the same technology that XCOR has been developing for their own reusable engine programs, designed with forward capabilities in mind for future reusable engine development programs.

XCOR ENGINEERS ANNOUNCE MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN ENGINE TECHNOLOGY

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XCOR 5K18 Lynx Engine

Mojave, CA 14 December 2015 – XCOR Director of Engineering and acting CTO Michael Valant announced today that his team has reached an important milestone in the development of the reusable 5K18 Lynx main propulsion rocket engine.

His engineers were able to close the loop of the thermodynamic system under test conditions, a key technology for the Lynx sub-orbital vehicle. This technology includes a novel method to drive essential engine parts using waste heat from the rocket engine, thus eliminating the need for adding large, heavy compressed gas tanks to the vehicle. This propulsion system is an essential part of the Lynx “instant reusability” because it allows the vehicle to be flown multiple times per day without costly servicing of components. In addition, XCOR engine technology could be used to benefit other rocket-propelled vehicles in the same way.

Valant: ‘There’s still some work to do to improve the cycle efficiency before this engine, that in its basic ‘open cycle’ form has already had hundreds of successful test firings, is ready for flight, but this is a massive step forward for us in the development of this truly groundbreaking technology. I’m genuinely proud of my teams for working so painstakingly to reach this goal.’

Michael Valant, newly appointed acting CTO, has currently 20 years of experience in rocket propulsion system design and development. Since 2006, he has worked at XCOR to design and develop various propellant systems and components, to include rocket engines, valves and pumps for kerosene and liquid oxygen to fit the design requirements for the XCOR Lynx sub-orbital vehicle main propulsion system.

FOUNDERS STEPPING BACK MARKS NEW PHASE IN XCOR LYNX DEVELOPMENT

Mojave CA, November 23, 2015

XCOR Aerospace announced earlier today that two of its original founders, Chief Technology Officer Jeff Greason and Chief Engineer Dan DeLong, are stepping back from their current positions. With the first Lynx closer to completion, both want to turn their attention to pursue other interests.

CEO Jay Gibson: ‘Both Jeff and Dan are true pioneers in our business. It’s their vision and their perseverance that helped us getting to where we stand now. We owe both men a lot of gratitude for all the time, energy and groundbreaking ideas they have been contributing to our company and the industry and of course we look forward to possibly working together in the future. Lynx is now in the good hands of XCOR’s highly capable and talented Technical, Engineering and program teams. 2016 will be an exciting year in which we’re about to reach some truly significant milestones. Lynx will be the world’s first Instantly Reusable Launch Vehicle (I- RLV) and over 350 clients are as eager as we are to undertake the first trip into space. Next to that we will keep investing in our own facilities in both Mojave and Midland, where Lynx’s orbital successor will be one of the strategic focus points.’

 

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XCOR HOSTS FIRST ALL-CUSTOMER VISIT AT MOJAVE AIR & SPACE PORT

Mojave, California, June 16th, 2015—XCOR Aerospace and XCOR Space Expeditions announced today that XCOR has hosted its first XCOR Lynx customer day—dubbed “Operation Hangar 61.”

Directed by XCOR Space Expeditions, the experience included 41 guests from 14 countries and 5 continents visiting XCOR in Mojave and attending XCOR events in Los Angeles, including a tour of the California Science Center and Griffith Observatory.

Lynx customers, also known as “space flight participants,” made their way to XCOR Aerospace’s Hangar 61 on their first group pilgrimage to experience the Lynx spacecraft up close. At the event, customers connected with engineers, witnessed Lynx assembly, met XCOR’s new Chief Executive Officer and engaged with XCOR test pilots. The experience also included optional aerobatic training at Air Combat USA in Fullerton, California.

Kicking off the Hangar 61 tour, XCOR Chief Executive Officer Jay Gibson noted what moved him most about the experience: “We are honored that our customers took the time for the journey to the heart of XCOR. For me, it is about seeing how XCOR transforms engineering into an unmatched experience. Our participants are the reason we exist: to not only be exceptional in Lynx design and engineering, but also to make the dreams of each and every person who flies to space onboard Lynx real in the process.”

XCOR Chief Test Pilot and former NASA Shuttle Commander Rick Searfoss noted “while travel to space is life-changing, it is great to get inspired here on the ground. A key metric is the one you can’t measure: the joy it gives back to customers.”

XCOR AEROSPACE ANNOUNCES JAY GIBSON AS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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John H. (Jay) Gibson new XCOR CEO

Mojave, CA, March 16, 2015 – XCOR Aerospace, Inc. announced today that executive John H. (Jay) Gibson II has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and President of the company. Mr. Gibson succeeds Jeff Greason, who is transitioning to Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Greason will dedicate his time to Lynx development, XCOR’s orbital system and other crucial projects.

“After a thorough search for the ideal candidate, we decided on Jay Gibson.” said Mr. Greason. “There could not be a more opportune moment for XCOR to welcome Jay on board. With his prominent leadership and management roles at Beechcraft Corporation, the United States Air Force, The Department of Defense as well as other industries and   organizations, Jay delivers the depth and breadth of leadership and experience necessary to elevate XCOR to the next level.”

As CEO, Mr. Gibson leads XCOR Aerospace with locations in Mojave, California and Midland, Texas as well as subsidiary XCOR Space Expeditions in Amsterdam. XCOR will also be establishing its manufacturing facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Said Mr. Gibson, “I am excited to join this exceptional team at a critical time on the XCOR journey to making space accessible to everyone. The potential of commercially reusable rockets and vehicles in both the payload and passenger markets are incredible and are still being defined. This is a rare opportunity to participate in the continuing development of the space industry, and more specifically the success of XCOR, which stands at the forefront of the commercial spaceflight market.”

Most recently, Mr. Gibson served as Senior Vice President, Global Mission Support for Beechcraft Corporation in Wichita, Kansas. Additionally at Beechcraft he served as Vice President of the Special Missions Group and Vice President/CFO of the Defense unit.  Prior to joining Beechcraft, he served as the Assistant Secretary of the United States Air Force, and as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Earlier in his career, Jay served in a variety of leadership and management roles in private industry.

“This year is vital to XCOR’s plans,” added Mr. Greason. “With the commencement of the Lynx flight test program on the horizon, Jay’s arrival allows this team to focus on getting Lynx in the air, moving forward on plans for our orbital vehicle, and transitioning XCOR to a more efficient and effective company.”
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