McGregor: SpaceX Wins Canadian Launch Contract

MCGREGOR (July 30, 2013)—SpaceX, which tests its rocket motors at its facility in McGregor, announced Tuesday it has won a launch reservation contract to support the largest space program to date in Canada.

The contract with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. calls for the launch of three satellites into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket in 2018.

The satellites will make up the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, which supports Canada’s need for maritime surveillance, disaster management and ecosystem monitoring, SpaceX said.

It’s the second contract SpaceX has won from MDA.

SpaceX said it will conduct its first mission for the company later this year launching the CASSIOPE satellite on a Falcon 9.

"SpaceX appreciates MDA’s confidence in our ability to safely and reliably transport their satellites,” said Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President and COO.

“We hope this agreement is the second of many with MDA.”

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