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FAQ

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Spaceport Nova Scotia is Canada’s first commercial orbital spaceport, owned and operated by Maritime Launch Services.

Maritime Launch is a Canadian-owned commercial aerospace company based in Nova Scotia that is executing a plan to develop and operate Spaceport Nova Scotia, a commercially controlled, commercially managed, launch site that would provide rocket launch services to satellite clients.

The Spaceport Nova Scotia launch site is located near the communities of Canso, Hazel Hill and Little Dover, within the Municipality of the District of Guysborough.

Maritime Launch considered 13 other possible locations across North America and Canso is by far, the safest and most globally competitive location for Canada’s first commercial spaceport.

The geographic positioning of Canso provides a broad range of launch inclinations south over the Atlantic Ocean. The local communities are well outside of the safety zone for launches, but close enough to provide access to utilities, workforce, and the transportation infrastructure that is required for receiving the launch vehicles.

We are launching satellites for clients in a variety of sectors including earth imaging and environmental monitoring, telecommunications and broadband, science and tourism.

The Cyclone-4M (C4M) launch vehicle is a two-staged medium-lift launch vehicle. Designed by Yuzhnoye SDO in Ukraine, the launch vehicle stands at 40 meters with a 4 meter fairing and is an upgrade to the Cyclone family of rockets that have successfully launched 224 times. Yuzhnoye’s unparalleled experience as a designer of launch vehicles boasts over 870 successful launches with the latest successes of the Antares and Vega launch vehicles.

We will use this tried-and-true, mission proven technology to support the transportation of satellites into orbit.

Launch of the Cyclone 4M takes one and a half to two minutes to leave the atmosphere and is no louder than an airplane taking off when standing in the local community.

Maritime Launch Services expects to achieve a launch tempo of eight launches per year by the fifth year of operations.

Yes. We underwent a vigorous site selection process to ensure the location chosen was not only appropriate for its purpose, but a safe distance from the surrounding community.

This separation distance has been reviewed and accepted by our federal regulators at Transport Canada and was the very first analysis done before selecting the location.

Yes. Approximately 50 FTE (Full Time Equivalent) positions will be required to operate the launch facility year-round.

Career opportunities at the Spaceport will be available for skilled trades, scientists, engineers, security and fire services. For each launch, we expect an additional 100 workers on site.
 

A spaceport will introduce a new, growing sector to Nova Scotia, and Canada. The global commercial space sector is expected to reach $1T by 2040.

In addition to the estimated 50 full time jobs at the spaceport, we anticipate that there will be many indirect employment opportunities created in the aerospace sector, industrial services sector, lodging and services for a visiting workforce, and a major thrust to the tourism sector. In fact, we expect a launch will attract thousands of people visiting Nova Scotia for three to five days before and after each launch. 
 

Yes. Maritime Launch has hosted four Open Houses in the local communities over the past four years. Ongoing inclusive engagement is a priority for Maritime Launch.

Currently, we are participating in ongoing discussions with Paqnkek Mi’kmaw Nation on economic development opportunities, and the Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office (KMNKO), on a benefits agreement and with the Paqtnkek directly as the nearest community to the site.