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Friday, April 30, 2004

Slip of the tongue?

Peter Diamandis, chairman of the international X Prize competition is reported on as saying "“We do expect the X Prize to be captured within three to five months,” ...

So far, the leader appears to be SpaceShipOne, an entry led by aerospace engineer Burt Rutan and his company Scaled Composites. With a launch license already in hand, and several test flights under his belt, Rutan appears poised to snag the X Prize. But Diamandis added that other teams are also well on their way, including the Canadian Da Vinci team headed by Brian Feeney, which has secured a launch license in Canada.

Da Vinci have got a Launch licence? Back up a bit, fella, is that a slip of the tongue or what? The only two private organisations that I have heard of that have been issued Licences are SpaceShipOne and XCor (who are not connected with the X-Prize) Is the Da Vinci team more advanced in their bid for space than we have been led to believe?


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