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Thursday, September 02, 2004

da Vinci must break the paper barrier first!

According to The Saskatoon StarPhoenix ...

The Canadian government has not yet given its stamp of approval to the da Vinci Project's rocket launch in Kindersley, putting the Oct. 2 liftoff in some jeopardy.
The launch team still has to purchase an insurance policy to cover potential injuries and property damage. In addition, a document indemnifying the Canadian government against launch damages must also be filed by the project team, which is led by Brian Feeney.
Lucie Vignola, a spokesperson with Transport Canada in Ottawa, said the agency won't approve a launch licence until then. And even if the documents are filed soon, she could not guarantee the approval process will be completed by the intended launch date of Oct. 2.
'We're not in this to try and delay anything. We're working with Mr. Feeney,' she said. 'But we have to make sure everything is copasetic. We're not going to compromise the safety of the public or of property' by rushing the evaluation process"

Oops! The impression has always been that Feeney had government approval for his launch! Feeney is not letting a few pieces of paper slow him down though! ...

"The project ranks amongst the most complicated ever undertaken in this country. The team though rose to the challenge years ago and continues to push toward the launch line of Oct. 2," Feeney wrote ... "There were more than 30 engineers involved at our end in completing the evaluation part of the process with the Canadian government -- range safety, the works. It took more than a year. That part of the process was completed by April 7 of this year, a day following the announcement by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) of Burt Rutan's approval."

Nobody wants the Da Vinci project to end with a bang ... but we certainly don't want it to end with a whimper either! Just keep repeating to yourself "Beurocrats are our friends ... they are trying to protect us from ourselves ..."


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