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XCOR Rocket Plane Eyes Point-To-Point Record

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Nov 11, 2005 5:46 pm
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A record-setting, point-to-point piloted rocket plane flight is scheduled for next month.

XCOR Aerospace of Mojave, California is flying its EZ-Rocket from the inland Mojave, California Airport/Spaceport to California City—just some 11 statute miles away, but still a stab at the record books.

The flight is scheduled for December 3, said Aleta Jackson, an executive for XCOR Aerospace, based in Mojave, California. “The distance record for point-to-point rocket-powered take off and landing is up for grabs,” she told SPACE.com.

The firm’s EZ-Rocket fits the Class C1b Group IV, a vehicle that is launched from the ground with the rocket engines under control throughout the flight, Jackson said. The journey is to be monitored by the National Aeronautic Association.

At the controls for the trek from the spaceport to California City will be Dick Rutan, who made history in 1986 as co-pilot on the Voyager airplane that carried out the first nonstop, around-the-world flight without refueling.

Read more at Space.com

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