Rutan's Got Some Competition

"Wild Fire":

Melvill's feat made Rutan's team the favorite to win the X Prize's $10 million jackpot when it launches its next flight later this year. But so far, no one has publicly given the required 60-day notice for a prize attempt. And Brian Feeney, the leader of a Canadian team that plans to blast a spherical capsule called Wild Fire into space, says he'll give SpaceShipOne a run for its money.

"We're definitely in contention against Rutan," said Brian Feeney, head of the da Vinci Project, the team developing Wild Fire, which is headquartered at a former military base in Toronto.

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