The da Vinci Project - Canada's First X-Prize Competitor
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Brian Feeney
Project Team Leader
The da Vinci Project

The da Vinci Project, led by Brian Feeney of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was founded in 1996 and registered as a contender for the International X PRIZE on June 2, 2000. A reusable helium balloon will lift our spacecraft, "Wild Fire MK Vl" to an altitude of 70,000 to 80,000 feet. This is where Wild Fire's rocket engines will fire and propel the crew to the minimum 100 km altitude goal -- space. The reusable Rocket is capable of performing several missions to space.

The da Vinci project is not about the way things have been done before.

The da Vinci project is about innovation through design and teamwork.

The Design

It's simple. Basic aerodynamics tells us that fueling a massive ground launched rocket for a sub-orbital flight just won't do. It carries both a greater up-front development cost and per flight cost and does not provide for specific abort safety considerations necessary for commercial manned space flight in the twenty first century. Reusability also carries a greater challenge for a ground launch system due to the very large and narrow size of the rocket. It is not viable answer to repeatedly reaching the outer limits.

By simplifying the flight sequence and by incorporating existing and proven technologies we can reach sub-orbit.

See our flight sequence and technical specs for design details.

The Team

We want you on board. Click here to volunteer

Since 1996 the da Vinci project has been pulling together the best and brightest in Canada and around the world in a collaborative effort to realize this dream. People driven by the simple desire to participate and contribute to the true nascence of human space exploration.

Already, volunteers from dozens of fields are contributing their time and expertise to the development of the da Vinci Project.

Please volunteer or provide corporate support for Canada's first entry to complete this private space mission built, by the people, for the people!


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