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Maritime Launch Services Nova Scotia spaceport development ramps up

MLS representatives, Ukrainian Head of State Space Agency Volodymyr Taftai, and Canadian government officials including ISED Minister Champagne

At the high-profile Halifax International Security Forum, Maritime Launch Services announced Nanoracks will be its first customer with a launch planned in 2023. The company also showcased its preliminary design for its Launch Control Centre. Notably, the company also received both federal and provincial government endorsement including from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.

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Sasha Jacob on investing, chairing Maritime Launch Services

Artist illustration: MLS launch from the Nova Scotia spaceport

Why did long time investment banker Sasha Jacob, with no experience in the space sector, choose to invest in infrastructure startup Maritime Launch Services? The answer in part lies in what he learned as “the first investment banker in Canada in renewable energy.” I recently had the opportunity to talk in some detail with Jacob about his involvement in Maritime Launch Services (MLS). It’s a …

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A 2021 update to the small launch vehicle survey

The Firefly Alpha launch vehicle

How many small launch vehicles are operational in the USA? If you said four you are correct. And did you know there are approximately 163 small launch vehicles being tracked in a leading survey. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support independent journalism. SUBSCRIBE TODAY

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Spaced Ventures begins providing equity crowdfunding to startups

Illustration of rocket launching

Spaced Ventures founders Aaron Burnett and J Brant Arseneau have a dream: to help bring humans to space. And they’re doing it in five and ten dollar increments. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support independent journalism. SUBSCRIBE TODAY

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MDA continues to expand workforce, 2022 revenue forecast at $750 – $800 million

MDA's next-generation synthetic aperture radar satellite SARnext will build on decades of heritage

COVID-19 has created additional challenges, has impacted MDA programs, and the company did need to its revise year-to-year growth accordingly. However, that growth is still expected to increase "50 to 60%" in 2022. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support independent journalism. SUBSCRIBE TODAY

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Canadensys and MDA win Canadian lunar rover contracts

Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program

Earlier this week Public Services and Procurement Canada posted notice that Canadensys Aerospace Corporation and MDA Ltd. had been awarded contracts for the Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP) Lunar Rover Phase A. The two companies and their respective teams now have up to eight months to make their case as the Canadian Space Agency will downselect to one winning bid to build Canada's first lunar …

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Just Call Me Robo – Part 1

NASA JSC Mission Control Center STS-118

In this episode of the Terranauts podcast we continue our series on the evolution of Mission Control.  Last time, I talked about my experience walking into Mission Control in the middle of the Space Shuttle program and at the end of the era of the Apollo control centre as it was about to make a transition to the Space Station era.

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