Press Release

May 30, 2001

OpenAir Project Management Solution Chosen to Put People in Space

da Vinci Project strives to be the first private organization to successfully launch a manned space craft

Project World - Boston, MA (May 30th, 2001) - OpenAir today announced that the da Vinci Project has selected OpenAir as its solution for managing a private space launch program. da Vinci, an organization of scientists and engineers working in the private sector throughout the United States and Canada, is participating in the X-Prize Competition. Modeled after the Ortieg Prize, which resulted in Charles Lindburgh becoming the first person to successfully fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, X-Prize is an international competition to become the first non-government organization to launch a manned rocket into space. da Vinci will take advantage of the OpenAir project management, resource planning, time and expense tracking tools to manage the project among its hundreds of volunteers.

"Our team members are scattered across North America, so to manage them I needed a centralized system they could all access," explained Operations Director Marc De Jordy. "Because OpenAir is delivered through the Web, it lets us collaborate easily. I was also able to roll it out to the team quickly and can add new team members as soon as they come on board. After an extensive evaluation of the alternatives, we determined that OpenAir was the only solution that was both powerful and sophisticated enough to meet our needs and intuitive enough that team members would not require extensive training," De Jordy concluded.

Other vendors selected by da Vinci include the law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon, LLP and the software company Omnivex Corporation.

About OpenAir
OpenAir is the Web-native professional services automation solution that helps organizations manage resources, projects, and finances. The application allows professionals to track the sales pipeline, build and submit proposals, staff and manage projects, track employee time and expenses, create and deliver invoices, analyze key business metrics, and easily integrate data with other systems.
OpenAir has helped over 50,000 professionals increase profits through its subscription-based solution. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through any Internet-equipped computer, OpenAir can also be used from a Palm Pilot, Windows thin client, or WAP-enabled phone. The application is delivered through Exodus Communications to ensure the highest possible levels of performance and security.

About the da Vinci Project
The da Vinci Project is a leading contender in the X-Prize competition. This Project represents a unique opportunity to showcase technological skills and innovation and remove the barrier to private space travel. The da Vinci team is composed of volunteers from many walks of life and disciplines. Aerospace engineers, experts in project management, finance, media relations, are all contributing their time and expertise to ensure that this Project is realized. The contribution of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs and those individuals and companies who support them provide the key to improving the skills base and productivity of our next generation. To learn more, visit

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