XCOR completed the first test fire of the rocket engine that will power the Lynx suborbital launch vehicle. The test was performed on Monday, December 15, 2008, at XCORâs rocket test facility located at the Mojave Air and Space Port.
The rocket engine is designated as 5K18. The engine is powered by liquid oxygen and kerosene and can produce up to 2900 lbf of thrust.
The 5K18 is the eleventh in a series of rocket engines that XCOR has designed and fired during its nine years of existence.
âTodayâs successful hot fire marks an important step forward in building the Lynx,â said XCOR CEO Jeff Greason. âThe 5K18 builds on our previous experience in designing and building reliable, durable and fully reusable rocket engines from 15 lbf thrust up to 7500 lbf, that will make it possible to provide affordable access to space.â
The Lynx will use four 5K18 engines and it will be able to perform suborbital flights. Space tourists can buy tickets to fly on the Lynx for $95,000 through RocketShip Tours. The full press release is available on the XCOR Aerospace web site.