OTTAWA, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra on Friday announced the government's intention to support commercial space launch activities in Canada.
Commercial space launches are a natural evolution of space applications and exploration. Developing a commercial space launch regime for Canada will help make the space sector more competitive and will allow Canadian industry a greater market share of the global space economy, the minister said in a news release.
Geographically, Canada is well-positioned to support space launches. However, its regulatory framework needs to be modernized to address all aspects associated with this emerging industry, the release said.
According to the release, in the interim, which is expected to last three years, the Canadian government intends to enable commercial space launch activities in Canada that are safe, secure and environmentally sustainable, under existing legislation and regulations, on a case-by-case basis.
During the interim period, the government will develop regulatory requirements, safety standards and licensing conditions necessary for commercial space launch in Canada, the release said, adding that any launch is considered and approved in a manner consistent with domestic legislation, international treaties and conventions, and national security and foreign policy interests of Canada.