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Nanoracks signs deal to be first customer for Canadian spaceport

Capitalism in space: Nanoracks announced yesterday that it has signed a deal with Maritime Launch Services, the Canadian company managing a proposed spaceport in Nova Scotia as well as the launch services of a Ukrainian-built rocket, the Cyclone-4M.

The company and spaceport are targeting 2023 for launch.

Spaceport Nova Scotia is being operated a little differently than most of the new commercial spaceports. Instead of offering its facilities to all rocket companies, its manager, Maritime, has partnered with the two Ukrainian companies, Yuzhnoye and Yuzhmash, that build the Cyclone-4M. They then offer the spaceport and rocket, as a unit, directly to satellite companies like Nanoracks.

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  • John E Bowen

    The higher latitude means higher inclination orbits, of course. However, that said, they will have a nice choice of headings free from islands downrange, vs. “threading the needle” required by some Florida launches.

  • Alton

    What happens when Joe takes the Swiss deposit and the 20th Century New Red Army makes the Ukraine the Next Warm Water Port Extended Complex……..

  • wayne

    Russia massing troops on Ukraine border
    “i24 News,” November 14, 2021

  • George C

    Wayne, that video shows up as restricted/blocked for me.

  • wayne

    George C–
    it (still) shows up ok for me.
    Do a search for the exact title, which is “Ukraine: ‘Russia has 100,000 troops near our border'” But before you do that– clear your browser cache.

    bottom line– the russians have been massing troops & hardware near the Ukraine border for a solid 6+ months. In the past 3-4 weeks they stepped up heavy rail shipments of tanks and support equipment.

  • Jeff Wright

    Cyclone wears civilian clothes. In its fatigues, it was the SS-9 Scarp (R-36) “City Buster”….The first FOBS lobber. It a red Titan II.

    The similar SS-18 became Dnepr.

    The RS-28 Sarmat is their biggest liquid ICBM designed from the start for multiple payloads.

    The Zenit-like Soyuz 5 (Don? Sunkar?) would have been better. Soyuz 5 is an all Russian version of the Ukrainian Zenit. But they never made the four-nozzle RD-170 engines. Cut it in half, and you have the Atlas RD-180 which we did get blueprints to and could manufacture IIRC.

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