The City of North Bay has some pretty high expectations for a newly launched project.

On Thursday the city announced a partnership with Canadore College and a company called Swiss Space Systems.

The company plans to start testing shuttles that will be used to put small satellites into orbit.

The company's head of its Americas division, Robert Feierbach, said this is just the beginning of what they hope to do in North Bay.

"We consider this a little bit of a baby step if you will,” he said.

“You do drop-tests. The next logical step will be to do some actual flights out of here. The next steps … we could potentially involve at some point some actual launches out of the region and, the next steps out of there, beyond that, would be some human space flight."

The project will cost about $3 million.

Most of the funding is coming from FedNor, with some support coming from the city of North Bay and Canadore College.