NASA lends support to Canadian space craft

The Globe and Mail reports that NASA is acknowledging a Canadian-designed spacecraft is a “potentially viable idea” to carry passengers and cargo from a Cape Breton launch pad to its international space station.

NASA says it has signed an agreement with PlanetSpace Inc. to share some technical information as the firm attempts to develop a rocketship in the next three years. 

The first milestone in the project would come next year, when the PlanetSpace’s Silver Dart will take off from a Nova Scotia launch pad and fly through the atmosphere at an altitude of about 6,500 metres.

“By the end of 2008 we will put the Silver Dart on top of our rocket booster and fly it 4,000 miles,” said Mr. Sheerin.

By the end of 2009, the goal is to send the spacecraft, named after an early airplane tested in Cape Breton, into orbit.

PlanetSpace also may locate a facility in Ohio.

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