Marquette County possible site for Michigan Launch Initiative

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K.I. SAWYER, Mich. (WLUC) - Michigan may be the next state to join the space race and Marquette County is in the running for the launch site. The Michigan Aerospace Manufacturing Association gave a presentation on the Michigan Launch Initiative Monday afternoon.

County board members, city managers and other interested parties were at K.I. Sawyer for the presentation. According to estimates from the association, the plan could bring in about 1,000 new jobs and an investment of between $8.3 and $12 billion over 10 years.

"There's a competition among many states to get this spaceport so there's a reason why we haven't publicly let a lot of details out because we believe we have a winning competitive program that we don't want other states or other competition to get the details on an use in their favor," said Gavin Brown, Executive Director of MAMA.

The site would be used for small and mid-sized low earth orbit satellites. Monday's speaker was hopeful the site will be selected by the FAA by the end of July with first launches taking place in 2023.

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