American company in Canada Maritime Launch Services will build spaceport in Nova Scotia province that will conduct launches of Ukrainian carrier rockets Cyclone 4M. This was reported by CBC News.
The Halifax-based company, which is a joint venture of three US-based firms, hopes to launch eight rockets annually by 2022. The facility would launch rockets with 3,350-kg payloads on a due south trajectory at a cost of $60 million.
The area near Canso and Hazel Hill was selected from 14 different sites across North America for the Ukrainian Cyclone 4M medium-class rocket.
Maritime Launch Services president Steve Matier said the company evaluated "access to polar/sun synchronous orbit, very low population density, proximity to multi-modal transportation, and interest from the community, province and government."
The company doesn't plan to ask the government for money, Matier said. The Ukrainian provider of the rocket, Yuzhnoye and Yuzhmash, has been in operation for 62 years and has built and launched more than 400 spacecraft.
"We believe there is a solid market," Matier said.
Matier told "it's not a zero risk thing" when launching a rocket.
"We've got probably the most reliable rocket in operation these days. With Yuzhnoye's background in developing rockets and Yuzhmash with manufacturing them — we feel like we've got the risks mitigated.
The company said it has received enthusiastic support from the community and multiple levels of government.
"It's going to be a great tourist draw," said Vernon Pitts, warden of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough.
Earlier it was reported that Ukrainian satellite will be launched into space in March 2017. The device will transmit information about the lower atmosphere.