Maritime Launch Services


Maritime Launch Services
Key people
John Isella
Steve Matier
(President and Spaceport Development)
ProductsCyclone-4M launch service
ServicesOrbital rocket launch

Maritime Launch Services (MLS) is a Canadian space transport services company founded in 2016 and headquartered in Nova Scotia, Canada. MLS will rely on Ukrainian Cyclone-4M rockets by Yuzhnoye to launch polar and sun synchronous orbit from Canso, Nova Scotia. MLS is a joint venture of three U.S.-based firms.[1]

Launch site

On March 14, 2017, MLS selected Canso, Nova Scotia as MLS's launch site. MLS has applied to lease 15 hectares of land outside the town from the provincial Department of Natural Resources, and construction is slated to begin in September of 2020.[2] The $110 million rocket spaceport will be used to launch commercial satellites into space as early as 2020[3] with a goal for up to eight launches annually by 2022. The site will include a 10-15 metre-tall control centre and rocket assembly facility, with a launch pad positioned 2.4 kilometres away, linked by a custom rail system for rocket transportation. It will be the only operational spaceport in Canada, after the abandonment of the Churchill Rocket Research Range in the 1990s, and the first commercial spaceport for orbital launches in the country.[4][5]

The proposed launch site is approximately 3.5 km south of Canso at 45°18′13″N 60°58′58″W / 45.303559°N 60.982891°W / 45.303559; -60.982891 (Launch Site), with the Vehicle Processing Facility located approximately 2 km south-west of Canso at 45°19′02″N 61°00′36″W / 45.317235°N 61.010000°W / 45.317235; -61.010000 (Vehicle Processing Facility).[6]


MLS hopes to launch eight rockets annually by 2022 with two southward launch options. Option 1 is a Sun-synchronous orbit launch between 600–800 km, for smaller satellites, with a payload up to 3350 kg for US$45 million. Option 2 is a Low Earth Orbit launch, below 600 km in altitude, that will allow a payload up to 5000 kg also for US$45 million.[7]


MLS relies on Ukrainian 2-stage Cyclone-4M rockets by Yuzhnoye Design Office. It uses a Zenit-derived first stage powered by four Ukrainian-built RD-874 Kerosene/LOX engines[8][9][10] and upper stage stack developed for the original hypergolic Cyclone 4 rocket.

See also


  1. ^ "T-minus 1 year until rocket launch site construction starts in Nova Scotia - Nova Scotia - CBC News". Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  2. ^ Beswick, Aaron. "Proposed spaceport gathers steam, but questions linger | The Chronicle Herald". Retrieved 2020-05-31.
  3. ^ "Commercial Space Launch Complex Site Selection Completed" (PDF). 2017-04-14. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  4. ^ Doucette, Keith. "Small Nova Scotia community chosen as launch site for space rockets". Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  5. ^ "It is rocket science: New details revealed about proposed space port in Nova Scotia". 2017-04-11. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  6. ^ "Maritime Launch Services" (PDF). 2016-11-01. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  7. ^ "Exclusive: Maritime Launch Services Selects Nova Scotia Site for Spaceport Over 13 Other Locations - SpaceQ". Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  8. ^ "Cyclone 4M". Maritime Launch Services. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  9. ^ "RD-870 could become Ukraine's first booster engine". Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  10. ^ "Cyclon 4M User Guide" (PDF).

External links

  • Official website