August 06, 2004

I'm rooting for Burt

Another development group has announced that they will attempt to win the X-Prize this fall. Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites has gotten a lot of attention for its pursuit of this, and has announcced their first attempt on Sep 29. If both Rutan and this second group succeed in their first flight, we could have a horse-race for the finish.

The da Vinci Project, led by Brian Feeney of Toronto, Ontario, said Thursday the group plans to loft its Wild Fire Mark VI spacecraft on Oct. 2, just days after the planned launch of another X Prize contender, the U.S-based SpaceShipOne. The balloon-launched Wild Fire event will be followed by a second launch within two weeks to snag the X Prize purse, according to the plan.
Posted by jackhodgson at August 6, 2004 10:16 AM