XCOR Aerospace is facing key technical challenges particularly in propulsion and flight control as it seeks to develop the Lynx, a two-seat, suborbital space tourism vehicle aimed at making up to four flights per day. “We picked a suite of good problems,” says Jeff Greason, chief executive of the Mojave, Calif.-based company. Topping the list are higher-power, liquid propellant rockets designed for reliable, low-maintenance operations, and a reaction control system (RCS) for ...

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