NewSpace People Interview with Maritime Launch Services

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What Is the Background of Maritime Launch Services’s Top Management?

John Isella has experience in development and integration of aerospace systems, business development, business management and space launch operations, working for NASA and in the private sector. In MLS John serves as the company’s CEO.

Stephen Matier is the Maritime Launch Services’ President. Steve has extensive experience with propulsion test, commercial spaceport design, development and operation, launch vehicle and launch site integration, commercial space regulatory matters as well as engineering program and project management.

Dave Walsh is our Chief Technology Officer and has many years in propellant engineering, operations and maintenance activities for Delta, Atlas, Titan, Athena, Minotaur, Sea Launch, and Shuttle programs. He also served as manager of numerous campaigns for propellant loading services of satellites/spacecraft.

Our management team also includes other experienced members and together we bring over two centuries of engineering, program management, operations and business development expertise in the aerospace industry.

What Is Maritime Launch Services’s Core Product or Service and Its Unique Proposition to Their Market Sector?

Our company is focused on bringing to the market a robust and cost-effective medium class satellite launch service. In order to achieve that goal, we are developing a commercial launch site in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia and from there will be launching a Ukrainian-buillt two-stage Cyclone-4M vehicle.

The uniqueness of our market proposition is in the combination of an accessible launch site location, time-proven reliability of launch vehicle technology as well as price competitiveness.

The site that we have chosen for a spaceport is located on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia and in addition to being conveniently located in North America, provides opportunities for launching satellites to a variety of orbital destinations, including polar and Sun-synchronous orbits.

Our strategic partners and launch vehicle providers, Yuzhnoye and Yuzhmash of Ukraine, are in the rocket business for over 60 years. During this time, they have launched 875 vehicles and have an impressive record when it comes to the rate of launch success.

Our price point is going to be unified - US $45 million per launch including standard payload integration and mission analysis, regardless where the payload is heading. In performance terms this may translate to either 5000 kg to a 45 degree-inclination low earth orbit or to 3350 kg to a Sun-synchronous orbit. Our cost per kilogram will be one of the most attractive propositions among medium class launch services.

What Are Maritime Launch Services’s Growth Objectives over the next 5 Years?

We expect to complete all development work on both the launch vehicle and the spaceport in time to meet our goal to have the inaugural launch of the Cyclone-4M from Nova Scotia in late 2020. After that we will work to ramp up the launch rate to bring it to the projected number of eight per year. In 5 years we expect to be fully operational and successful commercial launch business.

What Competitive Changes Does Maritime Launch Services’s Envisage Within Key Markets over the next 5 Years?

Projections show the years to come will see a significant increase in the number of satellite missions and this will drive the demand for respective launch services. Today we also observe a strong shift towards smaller satellites and constellations, and that market niche is where medium class launchers fit the best. Given the fact that in the past the majority of launch providers were focusing on developing heavy-lift capabilities to deliver large payloads to geostationary orbits (GEO), there is a very good opportunity for medium class vehicles. The other interesting trend to see is if the GEO - bound spacecraft will become lighter and eventually reduce in mass enough to be able to also utilize the medium-class launcher’s capabilities. That will also create additional demand for vehicles like our Cyclone-4M.

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