XCOR Looks to Midland Move Next Summer

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Lynx engine hot fire. (Credit: XCOR Aerospace)

Lynx engine hot fire. (Credit: XCOR Aerospace)

XCOR expects to move from Mojave into its new digs in Midland, Texas sometime next summer while officials there report progress in obtaining a spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):

[XCOR COO Andrew] Nelson expects the first and second phases of hangar renovations to be finished by May and July. He said XCOR will relocate after renovations after completed.

After narrowing down contractors to three finalists, the company has chosen a bidder and is negotiating a final contract, said Nelson, who also gave city officials a glimpse of taking a $95,000 ride on the Lynx spacecraft….

Marv Esterly, the city’s director of airports, said the environmental assessment stage of applying for a spaceport license is nearly complete, with attorneys at the [FAA] Office of Commercial Space Transportation reviewing it.

Esterly expects the Federal Register to publish the assessment in January, followed by a public meeting. At that point, the airport’s application is “substantially complete,” he said….

Even though the FAA has 180 days to approve the application, he doesn’t expect it to take that long, he said.

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