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Space Exploration

XCOR, Developing the Next Generation Spaceplane

Authors: Seedhouse, Erik

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  • Provides insights into the needed support for developing XCOR's Lynx, including space training agencies such as NASTAR, and comparing XCOR's vehicle to the only other spaceplane being developed currently, called the DreamChaser, by Sierra Nevada
  • Chronicles the development of rocket propulsion, avionics, simulator and ground support required to realize the dream of flying passengers into space
  • Describes the multiple commercial uses of XCOR's vehicle Lynx, from tourism to industrial research
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About this book

Employing the same informational approach Erik Seedhouse used in "SpaceX" and "Bigelow Aerospace", this new book familiarizes space enthusiasts with the company XCOR Aerospace and examines the design of the two-seater Lynx. The new spaceplane's low weight and high octane fuel confer important advantages, such as direct runway launches and the ability to fly several times per day. Over the last 15 years, XCOR has developed and built 13 different rocket engines, built and flown two manned rocket-powered aircraft and has accumulated over 4,000 engine firings and nearly 500 minutes of run time on their engines. 
This book serves as a go-to reference guide for suborbital scientists and those seeking to learn how one company has found success. Additionally, it describes the medical and training requirements for those flying on board the Lynx and the related critical roles of the astronaut trainers and a new breed of commercial space pilots. The end result is a thorough chronicle of the development of rocket propulsion, avionics, simulator and ground support operations being put into play by XCOR with the Lynx.

About the authors

Seedhouse is a research scientist specializing in environmental life sciences and physiology, the subject in which he obtained his Ph.D. while working for the European Space Agency between 1996 and 1998. In 2009, he was one of the final candidates for selection as an astronaut in the CSA’s Astronaut Recruitment Campaign. He is a certified commercial suborbital astronaut who will fly a payload mission in 2015/2016. Between 2008-2013 he was Director of Canada's Manned Centrifuge and Hypobaric Chamber Operations. He is also the Training Director for Astronauts for Hire. He works as manned spaceflight consultant, triathlon coach, author and public speaker.

Reviews

“This book provides background and discusses the plans of XCOR and the Lynx spaceplane. … The book also covers secondary objectives, including other missions and payloads being developed for this system. … This work is recommended for high school or undergraduate educational programs, for general readers interested in the development of the commercial space industry, and for dreamers who see the human race migrating beyond low Earth orbit. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.” (D. B. Spencer, Choice, Vol. 54 (3), November, 2016)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook $34.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-26112-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $44.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-26110-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
XCOR, Developing the Next Generation Spaceplane
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-26112-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-26112-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-26110-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 213
Number of Illustrations
117 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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