In the present article we review engineering and research efforts conducted by a group of volunteers with the help of advanced engineering commercial software (CFD-ACE+, ANSYS, CFD-FASTRAN, Matlab/Simulink, Autodesk Inventor, Maple) in support of the da Vinci Project, the first Canadian competitor in the International X Prize Competition. Full account of these activities was presented at the da Vinci Space Project Technical Conference Program [1]. Announced in 1996 to promote the development and flight of spacecraft for low-cost commercial transport of humans into space, the international X-Prize Foundation is providing a purse of US$10 million to the first competitor who can safely launch and land a manned spacecraft to an altitude of 100 kilometers (the international border of space), twice in a two-week period. The first Canadian entry in this competition, the fully volunteer da Vinci Project (a wholly owned by ORVA Space Corp.) has put years of engineering research, design and developmental testing into the vehicle design, propulsion and flight guidance system. A full-scale flight-engineering prototype of the manned rocket has been constructed. Detailed engineering and fabrication of the full-scaled manned rocket named Wild Fire Mk VI is currently underway. Flight-testing of the manned rocket and X-Prize competition flights are targeted to continue throughout 2004. For R&D efforts on the project, a wide range of engineering software was utilized for CAD, basic engineering calculations, trajectory analysis, dynamics and mission control, supersonic external aerodynamics, and internal heat flow. Part 1 of this lecture appearing in Volume 1 describes space mission, thermal and CFD analyses and CAD integration. This installment describes how ANSYS and LSDYNA software packages were utilized to perform stress analysis of the space capsule and the rocket block.

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