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XCOR Partners with Immortal Data on Shipslog Data Acquisition System

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
November 28, 2016
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XCOR_SXC_logoMIDLAND, Texas, Nov. 28, 2016 (XCOR PR) –  XCOR Aerospace and Immortal Data Incorporated have entered into a  licensing agreement having Immortal Data  further developing and commercializing the ShipsLogTM software,  the data acquisition system for the XCOR Lynx Space Plane and its engine test stand.  After enhancement and integration, ShipsLogTM will be a key element of a tail to nose aerospace data collection, storage and display solution offered by Immortal Data.  Development efforts will begin immediately at Immortal Data facilities in Midland, TX, a facility funded by Midland Development Corporation, at the Midland International Air and Space Port.

The agreement is the outgrowth of a long, fruitful and evolving relationship between Immortal Data and XCOR that has extended over most of this decade. Immortal Data provided the real time systems skills to design and integrate ShipsLogTM with the Lynx engine and avionics as well as the initial design for secure inviolable data storage for the Lynx, utilizing IDI’s patented ShipsStoreTM technology, a form of distributed “black box” that protects data from damage and loss.

XCOR’s President, Jay Gibson stated “ShipsLogTM is field proven and has operated flawlessly, delivering high rate live and stored data from critical tests of the XCOR Lynx LOX/Kerosene engines. In this dynamic environment, it’s essential to get the best data, first time every time – and the key parameters must be available to provide the team real time information with which to make critical decisions. The applications for this product go well beyond our small piece of the aerospace industry.”

According to Dale Amon, President of Immortal Data, “ShipsLog,TM software, in conjunction with Linux-based industrial computing appliances, is capable of afford-ably reading and storing data from hundreds of sensors on multiple data acquisition boxes at synchronous rates up to 3200 samples per second. Inclusion of this proven software in our system is a key move forward for Immortal Data.”

XCOR Aerospace: XCOR Aerospace is based in Mojave, California. It is currently creating a Research and Development Center in Midland, Texas, and will be establishing an operational and manufacturing site at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with the assistance of Space Florida. XCOR® builds safer, more reliable and reusable rocket-powered vehicles, propulsion systems, advanced non-flammable composites and rocket piston pumps. XCOR works with aerospace prime contractors and government customers on major propulsion systems, while also building the XCOR® Lynx®. Lynx is a piloted, two-seat, fully reusable liquid rocket-powered spaceplane that takes off and lands horizontally. The Lynx family of vehicles serves three primary missions: research and scientific missions and private spaceflight in the Lynx Mark I and Lynx Mark II, and micro satellite launch on the Lynx Mark III. Lynx production models (designated Lynx Mark II) are designed to be robust, multi-mission (research/scientific or private spaceflight) commercial vehicles capable of flying to 100+ km in altitude, up to four times per day. Lynx production models are available to customers in the free world on a wet-lease basis for their own manned space flight programs.

Immortal Data: Immortal Data designs affordable data acquisition and aerospace hardware/software systems for the new commercial space industry as well as other sectors requiring similar capabilities. Established in 2010, Immortal Data customers include XCOR, Excalibur Almaz, General Dynamics , and others.

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