SpaceX Wins Canadian Launch Program

Hawthorne-based commercial space rocket developer Space Exploratoin Technologies said this afternoon that it has been awarded a launch reservation contract to support the Canadian space program. SpaceX said the company will carry three satellites to orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket in 2018, via a contract with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) . Financial details of the contract win were not announced. The satellites will go towards Canada's needs in the area of maritime surveillance, disaster management and ecosystem monitoring. SpaceX said that MDA already has a mission signed this year for delivery a satellite on the Falcon 9. SpaceX is led by technology mogul Elon Musk.