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canada is finally getting its first spaceport

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canada is finally getting its first spaceport

image: nasa/sandra joseph and kevin o’connellhalifax-based maritime launch services has confirmed its plans to build a $148-million rocket spaceport near canso, nova scotia. scheduled for completion in 2020, it’ll be canada’s first and only site where rockets can be launched into orbit.advertisementin a joint venture with several us firms, maritime launch services (mls) is building canada’s first spaceport. at a total cost of $304 million—a figure that includes the cost of the first rocket launch and promotional expenses—the launch pad is slated to deliver commercial satellites to low earth orbit aboard ukrainian-built rockets on a due south trajectory, and at a cost of $60 million per launch. the company would like to launch as many as eight rockets per year starting in 2022. the location of canso, nova scotia. (image: google maps)the facility will include a launch pad, a processing building, and a control center positioned about 2 miles (3 km) away. mls will be purchasing 7,400-pound (3,350-kg) cyclone 4 rockets from the ukrainian manufacturer yuzhnoye and yuzhmash. this company has been building rockets for over six decades, and has produced more than 400 spacecraft. cyclone launchers have been in development since 1968, and are considered extremely reliable. by choosing such a well-established provider and rocket, the company feels it’s “mitigating its risks.”advertisementcanso was selected by a team of american aerospace experts from 14 different candid...