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New report details impact of proposed NS spaceport in event of explosion or fire

HALIFAX — The head of a company proposing to open Canada’s only commercial spaceport near the small community of Canso, N.S., says the impact of any launch failure would be relatively small.

Steve Matier says while a launch failure can happen, a lot of research and engineering goes into trying to avoid it.

Maritime Launch Services has filed a 475-page report with the Nova Scotia government in an effort to detail the environmental impact possible under a variety of scenarios.

The report says an explosion on the launch pad would leave a crater about 10 metres deep.

Matier says any failure after launch would likely happen over the ocean.

The environment minister requested the focus report after saying she didn’t have enough information on the project.

Matier says they hope to get approval to begin site work this summer, with a first launch possible in the fall of 2021.


The Canadian Press