Maritime Launch Services Ltd

Maritime Launch Services Ltd (MLS) in Halifax, Nova Scotia is well on its way to expanding the Canadian commercial space industry. With the rapidly growing global demand for space launch services, MLS will bring the long established and mature space launch technology of Ukraine to Nova Scotia. In cooperation with Yuzhnoye and Yuzhmash in Ukraine, MLS will commercially develop and operate a highly competitive launch services company. Canso, Nova Scotia has been selected as the launch site and design activities are underway for both the launch systems and spaceport.

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Providing Commercial Space Launch Services From Maritimes Canada


Maritime Launch Services Ltd (MLS) was formed in Nova Scotia, Canada with the intention of bringing together the necessary skills, assets, launch vehicle technology and infrastructure to serve the burgeoning commercial space launch requirements for satellites. MLS will leverage the highly reliable and proven launch vehicles designed by Yuzhnoye in Ukraine to bring their latest model Cyclone 4M to the North American market. The Cyclone 4M occupies an underserved market segment which offers the most efficient lift capacity to address developing launch industry requirements. Constellation launch requirements dictate an optimum number of spacecraft be launched together. Both larger and smaller vehicle classes do not offer the most efficient mass utilization and launch price.
The Cyclone 4M provided by MLS and launched to a polar and/or sun synchronous orbit from Canso, Nova Scotia will serve this market. Cyclone 4M will be available for $45M USD per launch. It is suitable for Sun Synchronous Orbit applications and will allow a payload up to 3350 kilograms.
The technical and financial risks associated with Cyclone 4M are very low since it is based on a history of 221 successful launches of the Cyclone family and >875 missions of other launchers designed by Yuzhnoye and built by Yuzhmash. With a solid industrial base which is currently supporting commercial space customers including NASA’s International Space Station program, Sea Launch, and others, Yuzhnoye and Yuzhmash are reliable world class aerospace firms.


Press Releases

Cyclone 4 Press release Summer 2016
MLS Press Release March 14 2017


On The Money, CBC, March 24, 2017
Rocket Science Creating Jobs in Nova Scotia Town, Global News, March 14, 2017


The Vip Late Lunch with Lee Sterry, March 14, 2017
Maritime Noon, March 14, 2017

In The News

Proposed Canso rocket site hopes to eventually reach 12 launches per year -, December 11, 2017
Nova Scotia fishing village hopes rocket launch site will boost economy -, December 10, 2017
MLS making progress on planned spaceport - Guysborough Journal, October 27, 2017
Canso residents prepare for economic liftoff from proposed spaceport -, October 18, 2017
Spaceport not ‘pie in the sky’ - Herald Business, October 13, 2017
Episode 64: Space - The Next Investment Frontier - Goldman Sachs, May 3, 2017
Up, up and away: Canso ready for spaceport - Herald News, April 27, 2017
Yuzhnoye eyes $110 million Canadian launch site for long-awaited rocket - Kyiv Post, March 29, 2017
Update: Canada chosen for new spaceport - RCI, March 14, 2017
Canada could host rocket launches at their own spaceport by 2020 - Technology.Inquirer, March 20, 2017
První kosmodrom v Kanadě může být v provozu v roce 2020 - Svethardware, March 20, 2017
Kanada bekommt eigenen Raumhafen - De.engadget, March 20, 2017
Стали известны подробности строительства в Канаде космодрома для запуска украинских ракет - Главное, March 20, 2017
Tsyklon-4M (Cyclone-4M) prepares a move to Canada - Russianspaceweb, March 16, 2017
Canada's MLS to start by 2020 commercial launches of satellites with Ukrainian Cyclone 4M - Interfax Ukraine, March 16, 2017
Канадская компания объявила о строительстве космодрома для украинской ракеты «Циклон 4М» - AIN, March 15, 2017
Super-Nova Scotia? Spaceport may be coming to fishing village - Owl Connected, March 15, 2017
First Canadian Spaceport To Be Built By 2022, US Already Has 9 - The Daily Caller, March 15, 2017
MLS Plans Launches At Nova Scotia Spaceport By 2020 - Aviationweek, March 15, 2017
В Канаде построят космодром для запуска украинских ракет - Unian, March 15, 2017
MLS собралась построить в Канаде стартовый комплекс для украинской ракеты-носителя - Интерфакс, March 15, 2017
Canada Is Getting Its First Spaceport - Motherboard, March 15, 2017
Une communauté de la Nouvelle-Ecosse pourrait voir des fusées décoller - Acadienouvelle, March 14, 2017
Nova Scotia will Rocket - The Airline Website, March 14, 2017
BREAKING: Eastern Guysborough County chosen as launch site - The Reporter, March 14, 2017
MLS selects Nova Scotia Launch Site for Commercial Operation of Cyclone 4M Rocket - Spaceflight101, March 14, 2017
Small Nova Scotia fishing community picked as launch site for rockets - The Star, March 14, 2017
Canada to Get Its Own Spaceport - Universe Today, March 14, 2017
Commercial Space Launch Complex Site Selection Completed - CUCC, March 14, 2017
Exclusive: Maritime Launch Services Selects Nova Scotia Site for Spaceport Over 13 Other Locations - SpaceQ, March 14, 2017
T-minus 1 year until rocket launch site construction starts in Nova Scotia - CBC News, March 14, 2017
Canso named as site of commercial space-launch complex - The News, March 14, 2017
Small Nova Scotia community picked as launch site for rockets - Global News, March 14, 2017
Nova Scotia Site Selected for Cyclone 4M Launches - Parabolic Arc, March 14, 2017
Дніпровські ракети полетять у космос із Канади - Дніпроград, February 25, 2017
Nowa Szkocja będzie miała swój port kosmiczny? -, February 08, 2017
Maritime Launch Services to Decide on Nova Scotia Spaceport in March - SpaceQ, February 6, 2017
Cyclone 4 Booster Might Be Launched From Nova Scotia - Parabolic ARC, February 10, 2017
Rockets from Canada? - RCI, February 1, 2017
Why a $100M rocket launch site might be coming to Nova Scotia - CBC News, January 31, 2017
Canso-Hazel Hill could host rocket launch pad - Guysborough Journal, February 1, 2017
Ukraine’s Cyclone-4 Rocket seeks North American Launch Base - Spaceflight101, September 2, 2016
Yuzhnoye Bringing Ukraine’s Cyclone 4 Launch Vehicle to North America - Via Satellite, September 2, 2016
After Brazil plan ended Ukraine’s Cyclone 4 rocket may launch from Canada - Seradata, September 12, 2016
Ukraine preparing transfer of Cyclone 4 launch operations to North America - Interfax-Ukraine, September 6, 2016
A New (ish) North American Rocket: The Cyclone 4 - Innerspace, September 2, 2016
Cyclone May Enter Medium-Class Launch Market - Aviationweek, September 7, 2016
Ukranian Based Yuzhnoye Design Office Eyeing a Canadian Spaceport for its Cyclone-4 Rocket - The Commercial Space Blog, September 11, 2016


steve matier president & CEO
joseph hasay director
dave walsh cto
yaroslav pustovyi vp for strategic development

MLS’s management team brings decades of engineering, program management, and business development expertise in the aerospace industry. MLS executives have engaged in launch service activities at nearly every launch location world wide.

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Suite 900, 1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N2