EZ-Rocket Takes To The Sky
California's XCOR Aerospace demonstrated Monday its EZ-Rocket before a crowd of investors, aviation professionals, government officials, and well wishers from the local Mojave area.
The EZ-Rocket is a modified Long-EZ homebuilt aircraft. The aircraft is powered by twin 400 lb thrust regeneratively cooled rocket engines and fueled by isopropyl alcohol and liquid oxygen.
The EZ-Rocket includes an external composite fuel tank and an insulated internal aluminum liquid oxygen tank.
The modifications were performed at XCOR Aerospace's Mojave, CA shop. Tests are performed at the Mojave Civilian Flight Test Center.
"The EZ-Rocket provides us with a major step forward in routine operations of liquid-fueled rocket vehicles," said XCOR President Jeff Greason.
"The next step is to build a higher performance vehicle that can generate revenue through routine and reliable suborbital transportation."
A highly modified Long-EZ aircraft, the EZ-Rocket is powered by two 400 pound thrust, regeneratively cooled, liquid fueled rocket engines.
The flight test program is under the experienced hand of world famous test pilot Lieutenant Colonel Dick Rutan, USAF Retired. According to Dick, "The months of development have paid off in a series of highly successful test flights."
XCOR Aerospace is a California corporation located in Mojave, California. The company is in the business of developing and producing safe, reliable and re-usable rocket engines.
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First Phase Of EZ-Rocket Flight Testing Completed
Mojave - Oct 9, 2001
XCOR Aerospace said Tuesday that it has successfully completed the first phase of its flight test program for the EZ-Rocket. The EZ-Rocket is the world's first privately built rocket powered airplane.