XCOR Aerospace has announced that they will be offering suborbital flights from 2010 using their Lynx spaceship. I think I would prefer this option to the Virgin Galactic offering because you get to sit up front in the co-pilot seat rather than being a passenger sitting in the back. Also it is just you and the pilot. The Lynx takes off under its own power rather than being launched at 50,000 feet from another craft which is what Virgin Galactic are intending. The Lynx looks like one hell of a ride.
XCOR has produced this really cool animation of the entire journey. I couldn't help but notice that the Lynx vehicle design looks very similar to a VKA-23 which was designed in 1959 by the Soviet OKB-23 Myasishchev design bureau
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Comment by Craig, on 29-Mar-2008 03:24
The XCOR Lynx AIRcraft is NOT offering anything close to space flight. Int'l recognized boundary of space is an altitude of 100km. The Lynx AIRcraft cannot fly higher then 61km. Anyone spending $100K thinking they will be in space is in for an expensive lesson on the definition of space.
Comment by Lee Valentine, on 31-Mar-2008 18:42
Anyone who flys on Lynx will fly faster than all but about six hundred people in history; higher than all but about four hundred, will see black sky in daytime. They will see the atmosphere below and be in vacuum. You're gonna tell them that they aren't in space?
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