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November 14, 2012

XCOR announces ATK as Lynx Mark I wing detailed design, build contractor


MOJAVE, Calif. – XCOR Aerospace announced Nov. 14 that it has issued the initial phase of a two-phase contract to ATK’s Aerospace Structures Division for the detailed design and manufacture of the Lynx Mark I suborbital reusable launch vehicle wings and control surfaces.

This announcement represents a critical milestone in the march toward assembly, test and entry into commercial service of the Lynx.

“This partnership with XCOR will provide unique insights and innovations,” said Andrew Jackson, vice president of ATK’s Aerospace Structures Division Launch Segment. “ATK is honored to continue our heritage in creating composite manufacturing solutions for spaceflight and excited to engage in this commercial environment with XCOR.”

“As an established industry leader it is only natural that XCOR sought to work with ATK as a key collaborator in the development of Lynx wings,” said XCOR Chief Executive Officer Jeff Greason. “Our engagements with ATK impressed me from the start, not only due to their position as a leader in the industry, but through their immediate grasp of the unique challenges we face in the construction of Lynx wings. The story of Lynx is the story of sound design and reliable engineering. We could not be more thrilled to work with ATK.”

XCOR Chief Operating Officer Andrew Nelson added that “until recently NewSpace companies and established aerospace primes like ATK often had minimal interaction with companies like XCOR as the subcontractor. With this effort we are establishing a model of how smaller NewSpace companies may utilize established government primes as our suppliers; ATK has demonstrated they are nimble, cost effective and can leverage deep experience from prior larger projects.”

The initial wing and control surface design has been developed by XCOR to rigorous design standards to enable the craft to perform tens of thousands of flights to and from suborbital altitudes exceeding 100 kilometers. ATK will create a detailed design ready for manufacture, working with structural and flutter analysis experts from Quartus Engineering in San Diego, Ca. The wings will be installed on the Lynx Mark I, which is the prototype of the Lynx family of suborbital RLVs from XCOR; the production models are called Lynx Mark II.




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