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Da Vinci Gets Launch Permit

Posted by: dbrekke - Fri Oct 01, 2004 9:50 pm
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Post Da Vinci Gets Launch Permit   Posted on: Fri Oct 01, 2004 9:50 pm
Press release from Transport Canada (I have finished a story on this for Wired News, but it's not up yet):

http://www.tc.gc.ca/mediaroom/releases/ ... -h054e.htm

No. H054/04
For release October 1, 2004
DA VINCI TEAM APPLICATION
APPROVED BY TRANSPORT CANADA

OTTAWA - Transport Canada today approved the launch application from the Orva Space Group, also known as the da Vinci team, for a suborbital launch. The application is valid for two launches between October 2, 2004 and November 1, 2004.

The approval and launches are subject to a number of conditions, including:

* establishing security controls to protect the public during the launch;
* wind restrictions for safe balloon and rocket launches;
* visibility requirements of at least 5 kilometres;
* inclusion of a tracking device for speed and direction monitoring;
* mission control staff's awareness of notification and communications requirements;
* having a range safety officer present to coordinate safety procedures; and,
* compliance with the conditions in the flight manual.

Transport Canada has reviewed and approved the mission control documents and is satisfied that all the documentation, procedures and insurance are in order. Transport Canada is working with NAV CANADA for the issuance of Notice to Airmen, which is a set of instructions distributed to all pilots to impose restrictions and close the airspace around the launch area and flight path.

The da Vinci team is expected to compete in the Ansari X-Prize competition, which offers a $10 million prize to the first privately funded organization to successfully launch three humans (or their equivalent weight) into space twice within a two-week period. The launch would take place near Kindersley, Saskatchewan.

Transport Canada's Launch Safety Office oversees all rocket launch activities in Canada, pursuant to the Canadian Aviation Regulations, and reviews launch authorization requests for all orbital and suborbital rocket launches in Canada. No other applications have been received for similar launches.


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Post The launch window   Posted on: Fri Oct 01, 2004 9:54 pm
Aside from getting the launch permit, which I think really is an accomplishment, the thing I find most interesting is that the launch window runs from Oct. 2, the scrubbed date, through Nov. 1. Not a lot of leeway. But Brian Feeney says the launches will happen then.


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Post Da Vinci Permit   Posted on: Fri Oct 01, 2004 10:30 pm
Here's the link to the Wired News story:

http://www.wired.com/news/space/0,2697, ... _tophead_4


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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 02, 2004 5:22 am
http://www.xprizenews.org/index.php?p=558

xprizenews.org news url.

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