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[i]In an interview with The Canadian Press, CSA president Steve MacLean said he expected the CASSIOPE communications satellite to be launched next year by SpaceX...
"I believe that commercial enterprise should be encouraged -- but there are conditions on that," MacLean said Tuesday.
"Once they get a track record under them (at SpaceX), ...once you have solved all the problems and have two successful launches in a row, the third is bound to be a success as well."
The CSA president did not have an exact date for the launch of the CASSIOPE satellite, saying it could fly mid-2011 at the earliest.
MacLean said the space agency got a discount for the flight because it is one of SpaceX's first customers.[/i]
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