Supersonic flight with XCOR Space Expeditions - Image credit: Lynx/ Xcor


Recently, the commercial aerospace project, Space Expedition Curacao (SXC), received the go-ahead at an event hosted by the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR).  On 1 January 2014 the first space flight will be launched from Curacao, with high-profile Dutch personages onboard, including Erica Terpstra, Martin Schröder and DJ Armin van Buuren. Dutch top model Doutzen Kroes is also keen to journey to space.

The meeting and subsequent press conference generated great interest and was well-attended by aviation sector representatives and members of the press and media. NLR served as host for this event, as part of various other activities being held to celebrate ’50 years of aviation at NLR’. In 1961, NLR was one of the pioneers in the field of aviation and has since supported new aeronautic-related initiatives in the Netherlands. This event further solidifies NLR’s position as a key partner and knowledge organization in the Dutch aerospace supply chain.

Galileo at BNR
This position is also reflected by an interview NLR recently gave to BNR-Radio on the subject of Galileo, the European satellite navigation system. The topics covered during the interview included the value offered by this system and the possible applications. NLR is involved in this major European project, engaged in validating the system’s components.