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Are commercial space flights safe?
Safety has one of the highest priorities within SXC. Our mission is to make space accessible. Our objective is to do that in a safe and reliable manner. SXC is convinced that commercial space operations are safe but we have to be honest about it: we are going where so few have gone before. SXC is pushing the limits of what is possible in close cooperation with XCOR and other partners. This means that there will be risk involved. SXC is convinced that we will be able to reduce those risks to acceptable proportions by all the precautions taken.


Here are 8 good reasons why:


  • • The rocket engine is safe (and ready!)
  • • XCOR builds the safest rocket engines in the world
  • • The Lynx has four rocket engines
  • • It's the only rocket engine that can safely be shut down and restarted
  • • The Lynx takes off like a normal aircraft
  • • All astronauts wear pressure suits
  • • All astronauts have an ejection seat and a parachute
  • • SXC has a great deal of safety expertise

 
Lynx Mk II safety features
The concept of the Lynx carries a great amount of safety in its design. For many possible anomalies of failures a safe back up system of procedure is in place. This will make it one of the safest (if not THE safest) spaceships of its kind! Of course we hope we never need them, but it's just a reassuring thought to know they are there. It's like wearing safety belts in a car; you buckle up although you hope you never need them. All these features bring commercial space operations to a next level of safety.

• The rocket engine of the Lynx was ready in May 2010. Since May 2010 it has been rigorously tested during many ground tests. It has performed great and above all was perfectly safe. XCOR has an unparalleled safety track record. We can safely state that XCOR is the world leader in commercial reusable rocket engines. XCOR has an unparalleled safety track record to date. They have done more rocket tests than anyone else, all without accident. In the last 10 years, XCOR has safely fired and shutdown their rocket engines over 5.000 times. XCOR has executed 66 flights in 2 different aircraft powered by XCOR rocket engines without incident.

  • • The Lynx has FOUR rocket engines. In case one would fail in-flight, we will still have three good engines left (which still would give our space ship awesome performance!). Even if two or three engines would fail, we can safely stay in the air as long as needed.

  • • The rocket engines of the Lynx have the unique ability to be safely shut down AND restarted in-flight and as many times as necessary. This provides the capability to safely shut down a rocket engine, in case it wouldn't run as advertised. Next this provides the capability to a go-around if a safe landing cannot be made for whatever reason following our return to earth (some kind of inadvertent obstruction on the landing runway for example).

  • • The Lynx takes off like a normal aircraft from a regular runway. By doing this we have the opportunity to test the rocket engines safely on the ground before the Lynx takes off (and this is the coolest way of getting airborne as well!). The pilot and technicians will closely monitor all parameters during the start and if anything is not perfect, the pilot will safely shut down the engines and simply stay on the ground. After correcting any potential problem the flights will be resumed.

  • • All astronauts of SXC will wear pressure suits. This will assure that we can safely return to land in the unlikely event that the pressure in the cockpit would drop or be lost. The pressure suits provides for air pressure, way above the highest altitude the Lynx will ever fly to, and for oxygen to breathe. This last feature you find in commercial aircraft as well, where oxygen masks drop in case of a inadvertent loss of pressure in the cabin.

  • • If all the forces would be against us and in the highly unlikely situation where all systems would fail, the Lynx has two ultimate safety features: an ejection seat and a parachute. The astronauts will be able to safely eject with their seat from the Lynx and land by parachute.

  • • SXC has a great amount of Safety Expertise at its disposal. SXC has KLM as partner. KLM has one of the best safety records in flight safety. They have the best flight safety programs in the world. SXC will do all in its abilities to apply all relevant aspects of flight safety into space safety, with the support KLM's vast expertise in this area.

  • • Furthermore SXC has a great deal of military flight safety expertise, which was a heritage of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). The RNLAF has one of the best safety records in flying F-16 over the last three decades. Lt-Gen (ret.) Ben Droste and Harry van Hulten (major & test pilot) will carry over all relevant aspects of military flight safety to commercial space operations.


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