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XCOR To Fly EZ Rocket at X PRIZE CUP Countdown in Las Cruces, NM

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Wed Aug 17, 2005 5:24 pm
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Mojave, CA (August 15 2004). XCOR Aerospace, Inc. has announced that the company will conduct multiple flight tests of the EZ-Rocket on October 9 at the inaugural Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP in New Mexico. Flights will take place between 11am and 5pm at the Las Cruces International Airport.

Piloting the EZ-Rocket during its several demonstration flights will be Col. Richard A. Searfoss ret. USAF, a former NASA Astronaut and Chief Judge of the Ansari X PRIZE

“This is a marvelous chance for people to get up close and personal with rocket powered vehicles,” said XCOR President Jeff Greason. “If the new start-up launch industries, with the encouragement of such organizations as the X PRIZE CUP, can continue on our present course, these is no reason why such flights cannot become routine.”

The EZ-Rocket, a modified Long-EZ airplane, is powered by two liquid-fuel engines, which have been designed, tested and built by XCOR Aerospace. “The EZ-Rocket is just a demonstrator, but it is also a crowd-pleaser,” continued Greason. “We flew it twice at AirVenture 2002, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and we are very pleased to bring the vehicle out of retirement for the Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP.”

”The purpose of the Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP is to showcase the future of flight. This vehicle has helped pave the way to that future.” said Mike Kelly, VP Operations for the X PRIZE CUP. “We couldn’t be more excited to have XCOR and the EZ-Rocket coming to New Mexico to fly.”

XCOR Aerospace, a California corporation located in Mojave, develops and produces safe, reliable, and reusable rocket engines and rocket-powered vehicles.

Based on the success of the Ansari X PRIZE, The X PRIZE Foundation has partnered with the state of New Mexico to present the X PRIZE CUP & PERSONAL SPACEFLIGHT EXPO, an annual event in Southern New Mexico. The Foundation will also assist in the development of the state’s Southwestern Regional Spaceport.

The 2005 Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP activities, scheduled for October 6-9, includes a public symposium on the future of spaceflight at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces on October 6th; educational and public activities at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo on October 7-8; and a Personal Spaceflight Expo at the Las Cruces International Airport on October 9th from 11a-5p.

Beginning in 2006, the X PRIZE CUP & PERSONAL SPACEFLIGHT EXPO will be a week-long series of space-related events and launches.

Full details and e-tickets are available at

www.xprize.org

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More information about XCOR Aerospace, Inc. is available at www.xcor.com.

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