The United States Rocket Academy announced the delivery of the first Lynx Cub Payload Carrier, a new research platform which promises to dramatically reduce the cost of access to space for small scientific and education payloads.
The Lynx Cub Carrier will fly on the XCOR Lynx spacecraft, which is now under construction at the Mojave Air and Space Port.
"The Lynx Cub Payload Carrier is a versatile system that installs in the Lynx cabin, behind the pilot's seat, allowing small experiments to be carried as secondary payloads on any Lynx flight," said United States Rocket Academy chairman Edward Wright. "The Cub Carrier can be installed and removed quickly for frequent, low-cost flight opportunities.
"The Lynx Cub Carrier is an ideal platform for small materials-processing, fluid-physics, life-science, and engineering experiments. University teaching and research, K-12 education, citizen science, government and industrial R and D will all benefit from the convenient simple interfaces, rapid integration, and affordability of Lynx Cub experiments."