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Private Spaceflight Group Chooses Canadian Launch Site

Published by Rob on Thu Jun 2, 2005 3:08 pm
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By Tariq Malik,Staff Writer, 2 June 2005, 8:36 a.m. ET

The road to space for a Canadian spaceship is a bit shorter now that its rocketeer team has found a suitable launch site.

The Ontario-based firm PLANETSPACE/Canadian Arrow announced today that it has chosen a military base near Cape Rich, just off Georgian Bay, as the proving ground for its manned suborbital spacecraft.

Located on the Canadian Forces Meaford Range and Testing Area, the site will host engine test fires, escape system shakedowns and ultimately the first flights for the Canadian Arrow launch vehicle, project officials told SPACE.com.

“It’s about 70 square kilometers (44 square miles), so it’s a huge area,” said Canadian Arrow leader Geoff Sheerin of the test site. “There’s a potential that we could fly there a long time into the future.”……..more information at space.com

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