Until your lift-off you undergo a thorough medical examination and successfully completed the traning programs. You will have been familiarised with all technical and operational procedures of your flight to space, passed all relevant tests and received your certificate: You have what it takes! You're ready to fly! Green light!
Meet your pilots!
Our Lynx pilots are professionals!
Colonel (ret.) Richard Searfoss, a professional astronaut with many years space travel experience. He has piloted the "Columbia" (STS-58) and "Atlantis"(STS-76) space shuttles and was Commander aboard "Columbia" (STS-90).
Brian Binnie. Senior engineer and test pilot. Served for 21 years as a US Navy pilot flying the A-7 Corsair II, A-6 Intruder, F/A-18 Hornet, and AV-8B Harrier II. On October 4, 2004, he piloted SpaceShipOne's second Ansari X Prize flight, flight 17P, winning the X Prize and becoming the 435th person to go into space. His flight, which peaked at 367,442 feet (69.6 mi; 112.0 km), set a winged aircraft altitude record.
Harry van Hulten. Experimental test pilot, flight test director of XCOR. Harry joined the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) in 1986 and reached the rank of Major before he retired in 2012. He is a qualified Test Pilot and has participated in various operational and developmental test programmes in the Netherlands and the USA. In 2008 he co-founded Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) to make space accessible for tourists, scientific research and for launching micro- and nanosatellites by executing commercial suborbital spaceflights.
In the morning you will meet your pilot of the day when he and his crew will calm any nerves you may have and instil in you good feeling and confidence through their sheer professionalism and attitude towards safety.
The pressure is on!
Equipped with your pressurised flight suit, the moment you put it on you will imagine how NASA astronauts feel and look like before they make their way to the launch pad and blast off to the stars. However, now is the time to stop imagining and do it for real, you are ready, now LET'S GO!
Now it gets serious!
A few minutes later you will be standing in front the Lynx. This powerful rocket propelled aircraft will today carry you high in the sky, after which you will observe the Earth through entirely different eyes. While you are still wondering how you got yourself into this, you will be in the cockpit and fastened into the co-pilot's seat, where your suit will be connected. Your pilot of the day will sit on your left-hand side and commence take-off preparations.
All systems go!
You will hear the test ignition roar of four separate rocket engines and feel the push of the Lynx against its activated brakes. A few minutes later all flight preparations will have been done, and your pilot will ask you, "READY?", your heart will start to pump faster, and the adrenaline will flow inside your veins, and you reply, "READY TO GO!"
The rockets will fire up, and you will be forced further into your seat as the sheer pressure on your body becomes apparent.
The sky is the limit? Not for you!
Shortly after the Lynx has taken off from the runway, your pilot will rocket you nearby vertically in the direction to space! WOW! Experience exactly how astronauts feel after blast off. Your body will become subject to g-force, and you will feel noticeably heavier. Before your eyes, the altimeter will spin, but the unique view from the cockpit will convince you: in a few seconds you will already have left cloud cover behind!
With your eye on the MACH meter, you will think back to Chuck Yeager who in October 1947 was the first human being to break through the sound barrier.
The opinion in those days which an attempt by any pilot and craft to achieve supersonic flight would only result in the absolute disaster was firmly proved wrong by Yeager in his Bell X-1.
He achieved the incredible speed of Mach 1, but you will see the needle on your meter indicate a speed of just over Mach 2 and some 3 minutes after take off you will find yourself at an altitude of 42 kilometres!
You will see the sky change colour from blue to deep black as you enter the blackness of space!
Weightless in space
The rocket engines are now deactivated. You will float silently in the upper levels of the Earth's atmosphere. In a rare moment, you can see some stars twinkle. With a feeling of release, you will notice the power of g-force on you reduce.
The altimeter will tell you, that you are nearing the target flight altitude of 61 kilometres (200,000 feet - Lynx Mark I) or more than 100 kilometres (328,428 feet - Lynx Mark II) and you will feel like your body wants to release from the seat. You will then be weightless!
An incomparable view
You will make every effort, to try and imprint every detail in your brain of the spectacular panorama that surrounds you. When flying from Spaceport Mojave, you will be able to see the Rocky Mountains and the Californian Baja peninsula, the surface of the Pacific will glisten in the reflected sunlight, the Earth slowly rotates way down beneath your feet: a unique impression that you will not only store in your memory but also forever, deep in your soul.
The universe calls
The Lynx will then become horizontal, enabling you to witness firsthand the incredible views of space. The radiating starlight in the vast eternal blackness beckons you, but you want to enjoy a few further minutes of weightlessness and the breathtaking views from the cockpit.
Are you ready? You will be then. However, if you think that you are ready for taking that adventure, give us a notice, and we will be fast as possible at your side!