Canada is getting its very own space airport

Mar 16 2017, 9:41 pm

Canada is getting it’s very own Spaceport.

If you’re wondering what that is, it’s basically an airport but for rockets.

Maritime Launch Service (MLS), a Canadian space transport company, has chosen Nova Scotia as the location to construct $148-million Spaceport that will be used to launch commercial space rockets, specifically the Cyclone 4M orbital rocket from the Ukraine.

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The Spaceport will be located near Canso and Hazel Hill, Nova Scotia. According to MLS, the location was chosen for its “polar/sun-synchronous orbit, low population density, proximity to multi-modal transportation, and interest from the community province and government.”

“While we have a number of challenges ahead to work through the regulatory processes, approvals and site planning, we are optimistic that we can break ground on the launch complex within a year,” said John Isella, CEO of MLS, in a release.

The first launch from the Spaceport is planned for 2020, with eight launches per year expected by 2022.