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Friday, April 30, 2004

Canadian Arrow: Arrow at fundraiser tomorrow
chabot imageThe Canadian Arrow, a 16.4-metre long suborbital rocket destined for outer space, will be on display tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. Marguerite d'Youville church on Sandalwood Parkway E.
The parish is celebrating its 10th annual walk-a-thon tomorrow, and the first anniversary in the new church at the corner of Torbram Road. As part of the celebration the Arrow team, one of 19 international teams competing in the race to space for the U.S. $10 million "X Prize", will be on hand.
The rocket has a 25,855 kg thrust liquid propellant engine and is designed to carry three astronauts to an altitude of 100,584 metres.
Everyone is invited to come to the event to see the rocket, learn about space travel and take pictures. Anyone interested in participating in the walk should call the parish office at 905-792-7497. This year the walk-a-thon proceeds will be used to buy a sound system for the building. In the past the event has raised a total of $40,000.
The X Prize will be awarded to the first team successful in launching a three-person crew into space, safely land, and re-launch the same rocket within 14 days. Future launches of the Canadian Arrow may be held in Ontario or Manitoba, with splashdown recovery in the Great Lakes or Hudson Bay.
For more information about the rocket or the competition, or for tours of the flight training centre in London, Ontario, visit www.astronaut.ca.


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