Fri, May 30, 2003
"This Is About Showing The World That There Is More To Canada
Than A Great Beer Commercial"
The da Vinci Project has named the site for its
upcoming XPRIZE launch attempts. At a recent press conference held
at the Saskatchewan Science Center in Regina, Brian Feeney, leader
of The da Vinci Project's XPRIZE team, announced that the project
will launch its XPRIZE vehicle from Kindersley, 200 kilometers west
“This project is another example of mankind pushing the
envelope, and at the same time, putting Canada and Saskatchewan on
the manned space-exploration map,” said Feeney. “We are
very proud to announce that Kindersley, Saskatchewan will be the
site of this space milestone.”
The launch of da Vinci's Wild Fire, the spacecraft to be carried
to an altitude of 80,000 feet by the world's largest helium balloon
before its 10,000-pound-thrust liquid oxygen/kerosene engines
ignite for the remainder of the trip into space, will be the first
manned space flight from Saskatchewan. The recoverable balloon,
power stage and capsule all have parachute landing systems, as well
as inflatable cushioned landing ballutes.
The da Vinci project is one of 23 competitors for the X-Prize, a
foundation providing a $10 million U.S. prize to the first group
that launches a manned reusable space capsule 100 kilometres into
space, twice within a two-week timeframe.
The specific details and timing of da Vinci's first manned test
launch to space will be announced later in 2003.
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