FEDS HAVE CON­CERNS OVER TOXIC ROCKET SPLASHDOWN

EURO­PEAN SPACE AGENCY

National Post (Latest Edition) - - CANADA -

Ottawa has told the Euro­pean

Space Agency it’s un­happy about plans to launch a satel­lite that would drop a rocket stage likely to con­tain highly toxic fuel into the Cana­dian Arc­tic. “Canada is in the process of en­gag­ing the Euro­pean Space Agency to ex­press con­cerns re­gard­ing po­ten­tial en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects of launches on the sen­si­tive Arc­tic ecosys­tem,” Bri­anne Maxwell, a spokes­woman for Global Af­fairs Canada, said Thurs­day. The com­ment came af­ter the govern­ment of Nu­navut added its voice to protests over the launch. The Sen­tinel 5P satel­lite, de­signed to mon­i­tor trace gases in the at­mos­phere, will be launched from Rus­sia us­ing Soviet-era rock­ets fu­elled by hy­drazine. Hy­drazine is so toxic al­most ev­ery space pro­gram in the world, in­clud­ing Rus­sia’s, has moved away from it.

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