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September 8 2012

XCOR Aerospace plans to set up spaceship center in Florida


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. XCOR Aerospace, one of a handful of firms developing suborbital spaceships, plans to build its vehicles and fly tourists, researchers and commercial payloads from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, officials announced Thursday.

The privately owned firm, currently based in Mojave, Calif., is developing a two-seat suborbital rocket plane called Lynx that is expected to begin test flights by early next year.

Eventually, the company expects to do up to four commercial flights a day, at a cost of $95,000 per person. The Lynx flights are similar to rides being offered aboard SpaceShipTwo, a six-passenger, two-pilot vehicle owned by Virgin Galactic, a U.S. offshoot of Richard Branson's London-based Virgin Group.

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