Luminox, the original self-powered luminous watch brand, is the watch of choice for U.S. Navy SEALs, F-117 NighthawkTM Stealth jet pilots and other elite forces. Now Luminox announces the SXC GMT Space Series. The first series designed for the SXC (Space Expedition Corporation) Space Project, these GMT watches in PC Carbon (carbon reinforced polycarbonate) or Stainless Steel are suitable for adventurers on Earth and in space.
When SXC wanted to create a line of signature watches made for space they partnered with Luminox. Trusted and requested by elite forces around the globe, Luminox has earned a reputation for toughness, durability and visibility in all light conditions, making it the perfect space timepiece. Designed with input from test pilots and astronauts, the Space watches are lightweight, durable and feature the Luminox Light Technology self-powered illumination system.
As a key partner in the space project of SXC, Luminox is committed to making passenger space flights possible. The Luminox Space watches will be worn by both the SXC astronauts and passengers.
Initial test flights within the atmosphere are being carried out in the Mojave Desert, a hotbed for this new reusable rocket technology, and the same area where Chuck Yaeger and other aviators pioneered breaking the sound barrier decades ago, as depicted in the movie The Right Stuff. Training sessions and tests for passenger flights are currently under way. The first commercial flights are planned for 2014/2015 and will depart from the Curaçao spaceport in the Caribbean. For $100,000 USD passengers will be able to enjoy a unique view of the earth from 103 kilometers.
The SXC’s XCOR Lynx II spacecraft is unlike any other spacecraft previously developed. It is equipped with an independent take-off and landing system, enabling it to depart from a runway using rocket power and land like a plane after its flight. The entire flight takes a little more than an hour and there is only one passenger per flight, seated next to the pilot, making the experience even more exceptional.
Seeing Earth from space has been described as a life-changing experience. In space there will be total silence and complete darkness, except for the 24/7 glow of Luminox timepieces.