XCOR Aerospace will use its planned two-seat suborbital Lynx spaceplane to train crewmembers for missions the Excalibur Almaz startup hopes to fly to low Earth orbit and beyond with surplus Russian hardware. Under an agreement signed in London June 20, XCOR will tailor flight profiles for Almaz crews. Based on the Isle of Man, the company plans to use Russian reentry vehicles and larger Salyut-type to mount human space missions. “Suborbital flight experience will serve as an integral ...

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