Spaceport EA decision expected by Aug. 23

By Helen Murphy    

GOLDBORO – Maritime Launch Services CEO Steve Matier calls last week's filing of the environmental assessment for the Canso Spaceport "our most important milestone to date."

He told The Journal Monday that he is "extremely grateful for the tremendous support from the community and the professionalism of the companies we have engaged with in Nova Scotia to get us to the filing of the environmental assessment."

Based on MLS's submission date of July 4, the N.S. Environment regulatory process calls for the minister's decision on environmental approval on or before August 23rd.

The environmental filing states that a maximum of eight launches per year, with associated pre-flight activities such as mission rehearsals, is planned. The main project components include a launch control centre, as well as a "horizontal integration facility and a vertical launch area which are connected by a transportation route." The transportation route is approximately 2.4 kms in length, including a road and railway.

Public comments on the application will be accepted until August 3, 2018. Comments can be submitted online or in written submissions.

The construction of the project is scheduled to commence in the winter of 2018-2019, with the first launch planned for 2021.