XCOR X-Racer Videos

by Nancy Atkinson on August 6, 2009

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The XCOR X-Racer Prototype, built for the Rocket Racing League was flown at the AirVenture 2008, and XCOR just released a couple of videos. This is an onboard camera split view from one flight and its a lot of fun to watch. The pilot is Richard Searfoss, Astronaut (former) and Col. USAF (Ret.), and the Flight Test Engineer is Mark Street.

Below is a music video showing a sped-up version of getting the X-Racer ready to go, and the flight.

For more information on the X-racer and the Rocket Racing League, check out XCOR’s website.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Manu August 7, 2009 at 5:24 AM

Poor Flight Test Engineer looks like he’s going to get sick any moment…
Maybe this is just my imagination though, I’m getting sick just looking at this…

Rocketplumber August 7, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Nah, Mark was just very focused on his job- monitoring the engine instrumentation to let Rick do the flying. Mark is a pilot, owns a Pitts Special, and does NOT have any problems with motion sickness. I get the same look on my face when I’m in the right seat, too, it’s just concentration.

When we’re going vertical in an Immelman, I do get a little distracted, though…

Manu August 7, 2009 at 10:48 AM

OK, thanks! I’m relieved for him!

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