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Cape Kindersley Update

Published by Robin on Wed Sep 22, 2004 3:23 pm
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Jeanette Halpenny from Cape Kindersley, Sasketchewan, said da Vinci launch attendees may pick up their registration packets on Sept 30th and Oct 1st from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Cape Kindersley office of the Kindersley Mall. After 9 p.m. Friday evening, they will be in a trailer in the parking lot until 4 a.m., when the vans depart for the launch site.

Visit www.kindersley.ca and click on the Cape Kindersley logo for the map.

From Calgary, take Highway 7 all the way through the town and the mall will be on the left. There’s a sign made by students from the elementary school.

Chances of having an autograph with da Vinci team will be slim, she said. “We’re expecting 10,000 to 15,000 people, a lot from Ontario, quite a few from B.C. and Alberta. We’re selling the registration packages and only have 500 to sell.”

The rocket and balloon will show up on September 29, according to Ms. Halpenny.

“I think when he’s successful, there will be more people for the second time. He can go as early as 36 hours later, and he’ll probably go as fast as he can because he’s trying to win the X Prize, ten million dollars.”

Ms. Halpenny said the town of Kindersley is putting on the event without help from the X Prize Foundation.

“We’re doing it by ourselves. It’s kind of like a David and Goliath scenario. Burt Rutan has lots of money and Brian Feeney has had to struggle.

“If Rutan is successful, Feeney is still going to go. For us, this is huge. The first privately sponsored spaceflight in Canadian history.”

“There’s been a lot of negative publicity in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix,” Ms. Halpenny noted, “but that’s worked in Feeney’s favor.”

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