XCOR Acquires Space Expedition Corporation

XCOR_SXC_logoMOJAVE, CA, June 30, 2014 (XCOR PR) — XCOR Aerospace announced today that it has closed the acquisition of all operational subsidiaries of Space Expedition Corporation, the previously independent Dutch company also known as SXC. SXC served as XCOR’s general sales agent for XCOR® Lynx® flight sales and as their lead wet lease customer. The new sales entity, XCOR Space Expeditions, will continue to focus on sales, commercial partnerships and participant (customer) training on a global level, and will serve as an open sales channel available for all future XCOR Lynx wet lease clients.

The acquisition signals XCOR’s commitment to being “the most active space flight company in the world” through a marked increase in integrated sales activities and multiple wet lease operations. As the most active spaceflight company in the world, XCOR is poised to become the company which delivers the most value for the price. With its high frequency of flights, XCOR will learn the most the quickest in the emerging commercial spaceflight industry and more customers will benefit from Lynx’s incredible in-the-cockpit experience.

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SXC Offers Space Flights to Dutch National Team if They Win World Cup

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AMSTERDAM, June 27, 2014 (SXC PR) – Should the Dutch soccer team win the World Cup, the Dutch space travel company SXC would give them an actual spaceflight, allowing each player to claim the official title ‘Astronaut’ for the rest of his life.

SXC Co-Founder Michiel Mol: “Being a Dutch firm, we feel extremely proud of our team’s current achievements in Brazil. The breathtaking goal of Robin van Persie, and all newspaper headlines about ‘The Flying Dutchman’ have inspired us to also do something extra. We will literally try to take them to the next level; 103 km. The whole selection of 23 players and of course Louis van Gaal.

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XCOR Raises $14.2 Million of Investment Capital Led by Dutch Investors

Lynx cockpit view. (Credit: XCOR)
Lynx cockpit view. (Credit: XCOR)

CFIUS Approval Clears XCOR Aerospace’s First Close of Series B Financing

MOJAVE, CA, May 27, 2014 — XCOR Aerospace announced today that the United States Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) has approved the Series B lead investment by Dutch investors. The first closing of XCOR’s new round of finance issued $14.2 million of Series B preferred shares. XCOR will use the funds to bring the XCOR® Lynx® suborbital spaceplane to market.

The Series B financing was led by Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) of The Netherlands. Michiel Mol and Mark Hoogendoorn of SXC will join the current five members on the XCOR Board of Directors. The first round also included many existing and new investors including: board member Esther Dyson, Pete Ricketts (co-owner of the Chicago Cubs), and a number of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and early-stage investors. A smaller second closing is scheduled over the summer.

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Interview With SXC Ticket Holder Elisa Mallis

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Elisa Mallis

Meet Founder Astronaut: Elisa Mallas

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Tell us a bit about your background.

Growing up between countries, from early childhood I had a strong desire to explore the world and to support the positive evolution of humanity. My journey so far has taken me to work and live in 16 difference countries, including China, where I have been based for the last 7 years with my husband and our two amazing boys. Throughout my career my focus has always been on supporting people to transform toward their full potential. In China I am know as a top authority on Executive Coaching and Developing a Global Mindset, often invited as a speaker at large human capital conferences and business events. I have coached and consulted to numerous managers and senior leaders across the United States, Europe and Asia over the last 14 years, and am currently the Head of Executive Coaching at MDS, a leadership development and executive coaching company with offices in several major cities in Asia – www.mdsbeijing.com From 2011 to 2013, I also served as the European Chamber of Commerce in China’s HR Forum Chair, successfully launching several large events which brought a more holistic and strategic undestanding of people development to the multi-national busienss community in China.

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Donate to Astronauts for Hire, Win a Flight into Space

astronauts4hireTITUSVILLE, Fla. (Astronauts for Hire PR) – Astronauts for Hire is pleased to announce that it is a participating nonprofit organization in the Ticket to Rise campaign. Ticket to Rise is a 90-day fundraising initiative from the Urgency Network that gives anyone a chance to win a trip to space by donating to one of over 100 participating nonprofit organizations.

A donation of $10 or more to a participating nonprofit enters you into a drawing to win a Founders Ticket from Space Expedition Corporation on the XCOR Lynx Mark II Spacecraft. In addition to spaceflight entries, entrants may also redeem rewards such as VIP concert tickets, gift cards, clothing and more, in exchange for donating. The more you give, the more entries you’ll receive and the better your chances of winning. Every $1 million raised raised cumulatively for all participating nonprofits by July 21 unlocks another ticket to space.

For more details and to support Astronauts for Hire as the nonprofit of your choice, please visit: http://www.urgencynetwork.com/a4h

About Astronauts for Hire:

Astronauts for Hire, Inc. (A4H) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides opportunities for students and professionals to develop and refine the skills necessary to become commercial astronauts and to assist these qualified candidates with networking opportunities in the space research community. A4H’s commercial astronaut candidates are accomplished scientists and engineers who can support a wide variety of payloads. They are available today for contract and consulting work with researchers to design and conduct experiments on microgravity, suborbital, and orbital missions. For more information, please visit www.Astronauts4Hire.org.

About Urgency Network:

The Urgency Network is an engagement platform that connects non-profits, celebrities, brands and fans in a single community to mass-educate about the world’s biggest issues and create positive impact on a global scale. Since July 2013, Urgency Network has launched campaigns with influencers like Paul McCartney, Richard Branson, Hugh Jackman, and Thom Yorke, along with nonprofits such as Greenpeace, David Lynch Foundation, Carbon War Room & Music For Relief. At The Urgency Network, no good deed goes unrewarded. Learn more at http://www.urgencynetwork.com.

Virgin Galactic’s Ban on Selling Tickets to Chinese Citizens

SpaceShipTwo ignites its engines on the third powered flight. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)
SpaceShipTwo ignites its engine above Koehn Lake on its third powered flight. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

It was a great story while it lasted, one full of spies, technological espionage, Cold War-style fears, and super power rivalry. And then the story turned into something far stranger.

The news broke two weeks ago that Virgin Galactic is turning away would-be space tourists from China. The reason: strict U.S. export restrictions known as ITAR that are designed to prevent the transfer of sensitive technologies to hostile foreign nations. Visions of Chinese spies signing up for flights and stealing the secrets to this new technology filled numerous news stories in the week that followed.

There was only one problem: the story appears to be only half true.

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SXC Targets Growing Chinese Market for Lynx Flights

sxc_logoAn update on SXC’s expansion into Asia, where it is targeting the growing number of wealthy Chinese adventure travelers:

Chinese travellers will be able to undertake space trips by 2014 end following an agreement signed here Friday between a Chinese travel agency and Netherlands-based space tourism firm.

Travellers will have to pay a minimum of 580,000 yuan (about $95,000) to board the Lynx Mark I spacecraft produced by the US private aerospace company XCOR, Xinhua reported citing Zhang Yong, chief executive officer of Dexo Travel, a Chinese travel agency focusing on high-end travellers.

SXC announced its expansion into Asia in July with an event in Hong Kong. A division of the company named SXC Asia led by CEO Alex Tang is responsible for sales and marketing initiatives in the region.

Axe Apollo Space Academy Report and Photos

The winners with Buzz Aldrin. (Credit: SXC)
The 23 winners with Buzz Aldrin. (Credit: SXC)

ORLANDO, Fla. (SXC PR) — Early December an epic event was organized by AXE in Orlando, Florida. Over a 100 participants from all over the world competed a 3-day space academy to win a ticket to space with SXC.

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Video for SXC Milky Way Mission Game Show

Video Caption: Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is launching what no reality TV show has done before with the Milky Way Mission. This format is a competition with local celebrities in which the winner will fly into space with us. Nederland 1, a Dutch broadcaster, has commissioned a season of the reality serie, created by Tuvalu Media and Simpel Media. Sony will focus on spreading the show to the international market.

Space Expedition Corporation Moves to New Office

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AMSTERDAM, 13 December 2013 (SXC PR) — Earlier this month, Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) moved its headquarters to Spaces, the flexible office building at Amsterdam Zuidas. From here, the young Dutch company coordinates its worldwide marketing and sales efforts. SXC is currently preparing for the first test flights with the XCOR Lynx spacecraft, which are scheduled halfway into the next year.

Michiel Mol (CEO): “Our previous office in Amsterdam Zuid was beautiful, but we missed the presence of other young enterprises around us. That’s why I believe in concepts such as Spaces. What’s more, we share one passion: commercial space…”

Celebrating the new office, SXC exhibits its full scale prototype SP1 right in front of the Spaces office this month.

About Space Expedition Corporation (SXC)

Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) will offer daily commercial flights into space as of 2014 on the XCOR Aerospace’s Lynx suborbital reusable launch vehicle. Participants will have a life-changing experience when viewing our planet Earth from 100+ kilometers and achieving astronaut status. The XCOR Lynx is a two seat fully reusable space plane that is designed and built by XCOR Aerospace. SXC is the launch customer of this space vehicle that comfortably takes off and lands as a normal airplane from regular airports. The Curacao airport in the Caribbean will most probably be the first location – and first purely commercial Spaceport – outside the USA. The flexibility of the XCOR Lynx spacecraft makes it possible to operate from almost any commercial airport. XCOR and SXC have sold over 250 flights to date. The Lynx’s full reusability ushers in a new era for the aerospace industry, potentially foreshadowing future superfast long range environmentally friendly travel outside our atmosphere. It is this vision that made KLM airlines decide to offer a partnership to SXC in 2010. The company is led by CEO Michiel Mol who has a strong international track record in IT (founder LBi), Formula 1 (founder Sahara Force India Formula 1), and Marketing (founder Guerilla Games and Media Republic) among other pursuits. www.spacexc.com

AXE Apollo Finalists to Compete in Florida Next Month

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Credit: XCOR

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ (Unilever PR) – The phenomenon surrounding AXE Apollo, the largest and most successful campaign in the brand’s 30-year history, is coming to its epic conclusion in December 2013 at the AXE Apollo Space Academy1 (A.A.S.A.). After receiving 750,000 entries from all corners of the world, AXE has selected nine brave recruits to represent the U.S. These recruits will have the opportunity to be selected to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey: a trip to space.

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SXC Expands Marketing Effort to United Arab Emirates

sxc_logoSpace Expedition Corporation (SXC) has teamed up with Alchemy Tourism in Dubai to market XCOR Lynx tickets in the United Arab Emirates. Officials from the Dutch company were in Dubai earlier this week to keep off the effort, which seeks to tap into a wealthy nation where rival Virgin Galactic has raised the bulk of the funds for its SpaceShipTwo vehicle.

You can read about SXC’s expansion into UAE in stories on the Gulf News and Emirates 24/7 websites. Neither piece contains anything really new, although they do include a handful of strange errors:

  • SXC has apparently worked for 13 years “in association with” XCOR to develop the Lynx.  (In reality, XCOR has been in existence 14 years, while SXC was created a couple of years ago to market and operate the Lynx.)
  • XCOR has been renamed “Excor.”
  • Mojave is now “Mohavy.”

Strangely enough, both writers spelled Curacao correctly. I did not see that one coming.

Interview with SXC’s Youngest Ticket Holder

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Etienne de la Roij (Credit: SXC)

Ticketholder Interview
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At the age of 26, Dutchman Etienne de la Roij is one of SXC’s youngest ticket holders. Etienne became a Founder Astronaut in October 2012.

Q. Tell us a bit about your background?

I work for PowerCem, which is our family business.

I like to do thrilling activities that give me the feeling that I am alive. I have done some parachute jumping, paragliding from mountains, bungee jumping, cage diving with sharks, motorcycling. I do this to experience new things in life and to see the wonders of the world.

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SXC Plans Spaceflight Training in Russia

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Credit: SXC

AMSTERDAM (SXC PR) — SXC, in collaboration with Space Affairs, is proud to present a staggering 4 day event into the discovery of human space exploration.

Future SXC astronauts will join us in Russia where they will be visiting the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, the Yuri Gagarin Museum in Star City and the Monino Air Force Museum.

The cherry on the cake is the fact that they will experience full weightlessness during the Zero G flight in the Ilyushin 76 MDK.

The first training mission will take place on Wednesday 16th of October 2013. We’re excited, let’s go!

Upcoming Events

Please let us know if you are interested in attending one or more events/training missions, and we will provide you with more details:

  • October 16th – October 19th: Zero-G Training Mission in Moscow, Russia
  • October 25th: Zero-G training in Bordeaux, France
  • November 5th: Desdemona Training Mission at TNO Soesterberg, the Netherlands
  • November 6th: L-39 Training Mission at KLS Flight Academy Eelde, the Netherlands
  • December: SXC ’s Annual Christmas Party date to be announced.

Join today! Please contact our Astronaut Relations Manager.

Japanese Film Star Undergoes G-Force Training for Lynx Flight

Koichi Iwaki undergoes training. (Credit: SXC)
Koichi Iwaki undergoes training. (Credit: SXC)

Training Update
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August 26th, 27th and 29th were all about training with a new group of astronauts. The Desdemona training was the first step in the preparation for Space for Japanese movie star Koichi Iwaki. Mr. Iwaki was a bit taken by the G- forces he experienced when SXC’s pilot Harry van Hulten took him up in the L-39 flight, but nevertheless, he was very impressed.

SXC was happy to have quite a few ladies participating in the training missions this time! There was McDonald’s contest winner, Heike Düsterhoft from Germany, Usha Shah from UAE, and fighter jet veteran Mrs. Marie- Francoise Le Cornec.

Another special visitor that rocked the Desdemona simulator was Brazilian extreme sports star, Luigi Cani, who was closely followed by the Dutch national news channel RTL4, that also conducted a memorable interview with our youngest astronaut, Rowin Hellings!