Non-Profit Group Bought XCOR’s Assets & IP

Message left on the XCOR engine test stand. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

On Friday, published a story I wrote about how Build A Plane had purchased XCOR’s assets for use in a school it wants to build down the road in Lancaster. The organization, which focuses on getting planes donated to schools, has launched a parallel program called Build A Rocket.

In addition to the physical assets, Build A Plane also gained control of XCOR’s intellectual property (IP). The IP of Rotary Rocket was included in the purchase.


XCOR Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Lynx suborbital space plane (Credit: XCOR)

MOJAVE, Calif. – Troubled XCOR Aerospace, a pioneer in reusable rocket engine technology, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in federal court on Wednesday, according to court documents.

The filing will lead to the liquidation of the 18-year old company, whose engine technology was designed to power the two-person Lynx suborbital space plane XCOR was building. The vehicle, which was designed to take off and land on a runway, was only partially completed before most work on it stopped last year.


Space Angels Network Tours SoCal Space Companies

Space Angels trip members watch the firing of an XCOR Lynx thruster. (Credit: Space Angels Network)
Space Angels trip members watch the firing of an XCOR Lynx thruster. (Credit: Space Angels Network)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – September 29, 2014 (Space Angels PR) – Earlier this month Space Angels Network hosted an exclusive Expedition to Southern California space companies, offering unique insights inside the private space industry. The companies, located in Los Angeles and at the Mojave Air & Spaceport, included SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Masten Aerospace, XCOR Aerospace, Whittinghill Aerospace and Firestar Technologies.


Gary Hudson Visits The Space Show

Monday, May 10, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PDT: We welcome back Gary Hudson to the show. Gary s a long time rocketeer, was CEO of Rotary Rocket, involved with Air Launch LLC and much more. There is much to discuss with Gary.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 7- 8:30 PM PDT: We welcome back Kevin Sloan to update us on this year’s Mars Society University Rover Contest.

Friday, May 14, 2010, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT: We welcome back Dr. Professor Frans von der Dunk to discuss the recent conference on transatlantic space legal issues and space tourism.

CLASSROOM: Sunday, May 16, 12-1:30 PM PDT:
This is a Space Show Classroom program featuring Dr. Jim Logan and Dr. John Jurist. This is the first of a two pat series discussing human factors and related issues for space travel.