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Science & Technology
Cosmica Spacelines helps unleash the boundless potential of your creativity by removing the traditional space industry barrier of rare flight opportunities.
Whether it involves technology development or fundamental science, we offer recurrent suborbital flight opportunities onboard XCOR’s Lynx spaceplane with full payload integration support so that you can truly focus on the innovation. Let Cosmica give wings to your inspiring ideas. Contact us to book your flights. Download our Payload Integration, Microgravity & Spacecraft Management Services full color brochure.
Lynx Payload Mission Capabilities
The Lynx offers several multi-mission primary and secondary payload capabilities including: in-cockpit experiments, externally mounted experiments, test pilot & astronaut training, upper atmospheric sampling, microsatellite launch, ballistic trajectory research, and personal spaceflight. The Lynx will carry primary payloads located in the area to the right of the pilot or on the top of the vehicle in an experiment pod. Secondary payloads will be carried in a variety of locations. For the “Mk II” production version of the Lynx, the primary internal payload will accommodate a maximum mass of 120 kg to 100 km altitude.
This “right seat” can be a suborbital researcher in a pressure suit, two stacked Space Shuttle middeck lockers (MDLs), or a standard 19 inch electronic equipment rack. The other primary payload location is an external dorsal mounted pod, which holds up to 650 kg and is large enough to hold a two stage carrier to launch a microsatellite or multiple nanosatellites into low Earth orbit. This pod can also carry experiments that return with the vehicle. Secondary payload spaces include a small area inside the cockpit behind the pilot or outside the vehicle in two areas in the aft fuselage fairing. Detailed specifications of the payload spaces can be found in the Lynx Payload Users Guide.
University & Student Research
Cosmica offers an affordable and accessible alternative to sounding rockets or orbital secondary payloads to provide educational opportunities to the space industry’s future leaders. With frequent flights, and standardized payload interfaces, the Lynx becomes an extension of the classroom laboratory that is accessible even to the most modest budgets. Build and fly a cubesat sized suborbital experiment to gain real world payload design and post-flight data analysis experience. Put your creativity to work on the theory and test it in practice.
If you are looking for larger payload capability, the Lynx is also available for dedicated flights. At the university-level, the Lynx’s aircraft-like spaceflight operations enable a student to design, build, flight test, iterate, and re-fly an experiment multiple times during their educational program. Gathering data and defending a capstone project or thesis is no longer subject to the intense competition for a rare flight opportunity.
Younger students can also innovate with a flight experiment on the Lynx. It is never too early to spark a child’s imagination with a class project where hand built hardware is flown to space and returned with results, a story and an astronaut speaker. Cosmica works closely with teachers at all levels to motivate students to excel and achieve their boundless potential.