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Nova Scotia Spaceport announced payload client

Nova Scotia Spaceport

Key Takeaways:

  • The company that intends to build Canada’s first commercial spaceport has announced its 1st payload client for the initial rocket launch in northeastern Nova Scotia, which would be expected for 2023.
  • Nanoracks will use the spaceport to deploy small satellites for its customers, according to Stephen Matier, president, and CEO of Maritime Launch Services.

Nanoracks is a leading commercial payload provider to the International Space Station and provides satellite services to the Canadian Space Agency.

Matier also announced today that his company had signed a letter of intent to launch small satellites for GALAXIA Mission Systems, based in Nova Scotia.

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He also revealed preliminary designs for a launch control center, complete with a visitor and educational center, to be created at the spaceport site near Canso, Nova Scotia. Matier says the first payload will be launched aboard a Ukrainian-built Cyclone-4M rocket. “This announcement is a huge step for Canada’s future in the growing commercial space sector in Canada,” Matier said in a news release.

“We are ecstatic to be collaborating with Nanoracks, a forward-thinking company with over a decade of experience in the commercial space sector.” Maritime Launch Services announced in May that it had secured $10.5 million in funding from Toronto investment bank PowerOne Capital Markets to help it achieve its first flight.

It also announced the firms chosen to design and build the launch pad, including Stantec, Nova Construction, Strum Consulting, and St. Francis Xavier University. The plan is anticipated to be done by the end of 2023, according to Maritime Launch Services.

However, Nova Scotia’s Environment Department granted the company an 18-month extension to begin construction on the project in March of this year. The department said that it expected all conditions of the environmental assessment approval to be fulfilled by December 3, 2022.

The suggested site on the northeastern tip of mainland Nova Scotia was chosen due to its remoteness also access to a desired due south trajectory for satellite launch. Once the site is finished, the plan is to launch rockets with payloads of about up to 5,000 kg for low Earth orbit also 3,350 kg for higher orbits.


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