Meet XCOR’s Latest Invention: The Trunnel

A modified F-250 pickup truck will be used for scale model Lynx testing. (Credit: XCOR)
A modified F-250 pickup truck will be used for scale model Lynx testing. (Credit: XCOR)

A while ago, I mentioned that XCOR had developed some cool things that it hadn’t publicized yet.  Here’s one of them.

Meet the trunnel. XCOR has modified a Ford F-250 pickup so that it conduct tests with a one-third scale model Lynx on the Mojave runway at 100 mph (160 kph).

Modified F-250 pickup truck conducting a tuft test. (Credit: XCOR)
Modified F-250 pickup truck conducting a tuft test. (Credit: XCOR)

It is now conducting tests (below) to make sure it has gotten the air flow right before putting a Lynx model on top.

The trunnel conducts a rudder test. (Credit: XCOR)
The trunnel conducts a rudder test. (Credit: XCOR)

They’ve also done tests on the rudder.

The trunnel (Credit: XCOR)
The trunnel (Credit: XCOR)

And off the trunnel rides into the Mojave sunrise.

I think once it completes tests on the Lynx, XCOR should lease thing out to a movie company as a supervillain or superhero vehicle. Or simple mount a gun and go bullseye some womp rats over in Beggar’s Canyon.