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Canadian team running behind in space race

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Sat Jul 31, 2004 4:32 pm
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chabot imagectv.ca: A Canadian team engaged in a private space race is finding itself a day late and more than a few dollars short.

“There is a bit of a parallel in history,” said Brian Feeney, leader of the da Vinci Project, in referring to the Avro Arrow jet fighter project of the late 1950s. “The financial legs were cut out from under the Arrow back then.”

Feeney’s team is competing for the Ansari X Prize. Ironically, the other Canadian team in the hunt for the $10 million US prize is the Canadian Arrow team led by Geoffrey Sheerin.
The Ansari X Prize is a race to put three people into space, up to a height of 100 kilometres, twice within two weeks with the same spacecraft.

“The first goal to win the prize but the real goal behind that is to develop new technologies for space,” said Ivan Semeniuk, space reporter for the Discovery Channel.
Feeney’s Toronto, Ont.-based team is reportedly six months behind schedule. But it hopes to have a public unveiling of the Wild Fire spacecraft in Toronto on August 5.

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