Evolution in the XCOR Lynx design

I was talking with Charles Lurio about the SwRI purchase of XCOR Lynx flights and he pointed out some mods to the Lynx design. If you compare the illustration below from 2008 with the one from the latest press release (ignoring the optional ext. module on top) you will see the changes. Jeff Greason has mentioned in public presentations that they have been tweaking the design to optimize its performance and stability over all phases of its flight regime. (As noted here before, well known aerodynamics Barnaby Wainfan is consulting on the design of the Lynx.)

XCOR Lynx design circa March 2008:

Latest XCOR Lynx design (with optional external payload module):

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