“That’s what a modern spaceship factory looks like…government doesn’t have a monopoly on space anymore”
I first came to NorWesCon when I was 16 and devastated that my poor vision kept me from the NASA training program. Everyone wants to be an astronaut when they grow up, but I am now sitting in a room full of people for whom that dream has never died.
A packed room.
The presenter provids all of us with a needed dose of hope and Powerpoint. The slideshow is of a team of do-it-yourselfers modifying a commercially produced (if funky-looking) aircraft into a private spaceship.
Now let me be very specific… this is not a bunch of crackpots, planning “The Astronaut Farmer” style attempts on the final, highest frontier.
These are a small group of dedicated, knowledgeable individuals with a single, concrete goal. Remind you of any founding fathers you know?
“How high are you calling ‘high-altitude’ tests?
On the mark one? 250,000 feet. The mark two? 350,000″
–Exerpt from the Q&A
Xcor has pre-sold two Lynx vehicles, one for a consortium out of Holland who plan to use the spacecraft for 24″ space telescope missions. The other is sold to the government of South Korea, no word on the direction those research cameras might be pointed. In addition, an “undisclosed” number of space tourism tickets have been pre-sold, one of which is currently owned by a Victoria’s Secret model.
Science! It’s not just another pretty face.