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Canada could host rocket launches at their own spaceport by 2020

/ 07:21 PM March 20, 2017
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The space race appears to have been revived, as more and more countries are announcing their long-term plans for the space industry.

One of these countries is Canada. With assistance from private space corporation, Maritime Launch Services (MLS), they are planning to start launching rockets from their very own spaceport as early as 2020, reports The Verge.

The location of the spaceport was decided to be in an isolated town on the eastern cost of Nova Scotia. The town was deemed a perfect location compared to 14 other candidates, thanks to its low population density and the mostly unoccupied area surrounding it.

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This spaceport is apparently a commercial venture between a Ukranian firm and MLS. Starting 2020, MLS wants the new spaceport to host as many as eight launches per year until 2022. These missions will predominantly involve the Ukranian-built Cyclone 4M rockets. It is unclear if Canada’s space agency as well as other space companies will be able to utilize the Cyclone.

MLS is currently working on provincial and federal approval from the government in order to start breaking ground for building the spaceport. Alfred Bayle/JB

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