Small but powerful | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022


Unlike conventional spacecraft we see on television and the movies, the shuttle that will carry the first Filipino to outer space isn’t 100 feet tall, doesn’t have solid rocket boosters, or takes off vertically. In fact, it’s about the size of a Cessna Skyhawk and it takes off horizontally like airplanes do on an airport runway.


But this new spacecraft has mind-blowing features you wouldn’t think were possible for its small size.


Model: Xcor Lynx Mark II

Length: 27.9 ft

Height: 7.22 ft

Wingspan: 24 ft

Crew: 2 (including pilot)

Propulsion: 4 x XR-5K18 Liquid fueled reignitable rocket engines

Max thrust: 11,600 pounds

Canopy surface: 45.2 sq ft


Uses four powerful rocket engines that are designed to be used for over 5,000 times


All-composite airframe making it lightweight and strong, with an added thermal protection system on the nose and leading edges that can handle the heat of re-entry 720-kilogram fuel tank; powered by common biofuels Jovic Yee


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