Readers on Lynx: It’s Dead, Jim

Lynx_suspended_pollParabolic Arc readers are not real optimistic about the future of the Lynx, the suborbital space plane that XCOR suspended work on recently when it laid off most of the staff working on it.

Sixty-nine percent of voters believe that Lynx is as dead as a door nail despite XCOR’s pledge to revive work on the program at a future date. Only 13 percent of voters believe Lynx will fly at some point in the future.

The remaining 18 percent of voters just didn’t care, viewing suborbital space travel as being about a dozen years past its prime.

We’ve got a new poll up on the site asking whether you would like to go to Mars on one of the human missions Elon Musk is planning to launch beginning in 2024.

As I’ve said before: vote early, vote often. Just vote, dammit! Vote! And remember, no wagering.

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  • patb2009

    Given the utter lack of specs, it’s hard to tell if the vehicle design made sense

  • mzungu

    Damn, y’all killed it with out me…LOL

    Stratolaunch shouldn’t be far behind…. as the Unicorn in the Cross-hairs. Practically anything with Wings should probably be on the Death Watch. Hahaha…

  • Zed_WEASEL

    Wrong. Stratolaunch have a man with a check book. Unlike Xcor.

  • Geoff T

    All that means is that the project can run longer, maybe a decade or more without significant progress or success under its belt, before it also throws in the towel. *Cough*Virgin Galactic*Cough*

  • Paul451

    Re: New poll.

    I’d have liked a “No — I want to go somewhere else” option.

  • Scott

    Is there no option to choose “I want to build the dang thing that sends people there?”

  • Zed_WEASEL

    There is a difference between Paul Allen who can write a check and Richard Branson who go looking for checks. Branson didn’t put money into Virgin Galactic himsekf.

  • mzungu

    Yeah, Except the technical and the business end is so flawed, no amount of $$ is going to make it viable. SpaceX makes their product so cheap is because that makes everything themselves…. Once you go into subcontracting the core engine/rocket to other people like StratoLaunch and ULA your price automatically goes up 25-50%.

    No worries, They’ll die quietly like they had for the last year.