MLS making progress on planned spaceport



This week Maritime Launch Services Ltd., the company proposing a commercial spaceport in the Canso / Hazel Hill / Little Dover area, released an update on project development and announced a second open house.

MLS has been working on launch vehicle development, securing clients, environmental assessments and regulatory approval in recent months. Activities include environmental assessment seasonal data collection; finalization of the layout for the launch site to meet safety criteria and topographic mapping and surveying.

The company announced that Lindsay Construction has been chosen as the construction management partner and will focus on the overall launch site construction effort as well as aid in the selection of the architectural and engineering (A&E) design team.

MLS, Yuzhnoye and Yuzhmash have signed a formal Memorandum of Cooperation for the delivery of Cyclone 4M rockets to the launch complex. MLS visited with the heads of these partnering companies in Dnipro, Ukraine for contractual discussions in late August.

Signed Letters of Intent with satellite clients have been secured by MLS with more in the works. Nearly $400 million in commitments from satellite clients have been confirmed to fill the payload capacity of 3350 kg aboard the Cyclone 4M.

A public open house at the Canso Fire Hall is scheduled for October 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. hosted by the environmental contractor, Strum Consulting. All interested members of the public, agencies, Aboriginal communities, resource and recreational users of the surrounding area, and other interested persons are encouraged to actively participate in the planning process by attending consultation events.

Pending regulatory approvals in the coming months, MLS plans to break ground for construction in spring of 2018.