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.
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
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
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!