XCOR Aerospace of Mojave, Calif., said June 7 it had picked New York-based Space Expedition Corp. to find and train passengers for $95,000-a-seat flights on XCOR’s Lynx suborbital rocket plane.
Under the agreement, Space Expedition Corp. will be responsible for ticket sales and astronaut training for passengers on Lynx flights leaving from the Mojave Air and Spaceport, XCOR said in a press release.
XCOR and Space Expedition Corp. have booked about 175 passengers for Lynx flights, a horizontal-take off craft that seats a pilot and one passenger. The first Lynx flight, a test, is slated for 2013.
Space Expedition Corp. has done business with XCOR before. In September, the company signed a deal to lease the second production Lynx spacecraft and operate tourist flights from the Caribbean island of Curacao. Pending approval to export the U.S.-made Lynx, those flights are set to begin in 2014.