Spaceport Nova Scotia First Suborbital Rocket Launch Scheduled for July 5

Concrete pouring for the first launch pad on March 20, 2023. Credit: MLSi.

It may be a couple of days after the Canada Day long weekend, but Maritime Launch Services (MLS) has a present for Canada. Spaceport Nova Scotia will host its first rocket launch attempt on July 5.

A NOTAM (Notice to Air Missions) was posted to NAV Canada (NAVCAN) that shows a launch window on July 5, 6 and 7 between 13:00 – 16:00 Atlantic time (12:00-15:00 ET).

NAV Canada NOTAM for Spaceport Nova Scotia first rocket test flight.

As we had previously reported, MLS had said that a York University small launch vehicle would be the first to launch from a newly constructed launch pad for small rockets. The York University rocket will reach a height of no more than 25km.

While this will be a milestone for Spaceport Nova Scotia and a thrill for York University students, for MLS the primary goal is to work through the process of launch, or concept of operations (CONOPS), with various local and federal government organizations such as Transport Canada.

It’s our understanding that no livestream will be available but that images and video will be made available afterwards by MLS.

About Marc Boucher

Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactive LLC. Boucher has 20+ years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 30 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.

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