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About Spaceport Nova Scotia

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Spaceport Nova Scotia

Maritime Launch is a Canadian-owned commercial aerospace company based in Nova Scotia. We are developing and operating Spaceport Nova Scotia, a commercial spaceport that will launch satellites into low earth orbit for clients across the globe. This will be the first commercial orbital launch complex in Canada.  

From planning and building Spaceport Nova Scotia to transporting our first satellite into space, safety, environmental protection and community building are at the heart of all we do. 

The development of Spaceport Nova Scotia will allow satellites to be launched into low-earth orbit over a wide range of inclinations. Our first launch is planned for 2023 and over time, we plan to achieve a launch tempo of eight to ten launches per year.

What we are about to embark on is significant. Building this world-class facility in Nova Scotia will place Canada among a small group of countries with launch capabilities. Our satellite clients will include world-leading companies in the environmental monitoring, earth imaging, broadband and telecommunications, and tourism sectors. 

Spaceport Nova Scotia will do more than launch satellites into low-earth orbit over a wide range of inclinations. It will fuel the growth of Canada’s aerospace sector; create jobs in rural Nova Scotia and across Atlantic Canada; facilitate R&D initiatives with nearby post-secondary institutions; keep our highly educated youth at home; and transform Nova Scotia into an international hub for space-related tourism. 

With proven technology and a globally competitive location, we’re excited to drive growth in Canada’s commercial aerospace sector.

About the Commercial Space Industry

The latest 2020 edition of Euroconsult’s The Space Economy Report brings together a selection of key trends and indicators on the global space market, including commercial space revenues, and it offers a comprehensive look at the entire global space economy.

The following chart by Euroconsult projects that the Space Economy was valued at $385B in 2020, with commercial space revenues totaling over $310B.

Interior and Exterior of Ukraine launch vehicle Cyclone 4M, built by Yuzhnoye and Yuzhmash.


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About Our Launch Vehicle

Leveraging safe, mission-proven launch vehicles designed by Yuzhnoye, Maritime Launch will offer the most efficient lift capacity to address the launch requirements of the fast-growing low-earth orbit (LEO) space industry worldwide. The medium class launch vehicle, the Cyclone-4M, is right sized for today’s market with its 5-ton satellite payload capacity and 4-meter fairing.

Maritime Launch’s supplier, Yuzhnoye and Yuzhmash, are the developers of the Cyclone-4M, and are proven leaders in the aerospace industry with over 65 years of experience. This expertise was most recently demonstrated with the successful Arianespace Vega launch on August 17th, 2021 and the Northrop Grumman Antares launch on August 10th, 2021. Both launch vehicles deploy significant Ukrainian technology; the fourth stage propulsion system and the first stage core, respectively.

Current Status

As road work and construction are anticipated to begin in the fall, we’re working closely with local companies to finalize the engineering and design works for the facility. 

We are also working to ensure we complete all compliance activities outlined in our approved environmental assessment provided by Nova Scotia’s Department of Environment and Climate Change. Facility construction is projected to start in late winter/early spring 2022. 

Maritime Launch enjoys the support of the satellite community with seven signed letters of intent and MOUs from our clients representing $1 billion in sales. 

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