Michigan To Launch Satellites Into Space. Here’s Where.
First of all, I didn't know that Michigan wanted to launch satellites into space. I didn't know Michigan had satellites. I also didn't know Michigan had rockets to launch them. Now that I DO know I'm really excited about it. I'm a space fan. I was nearly 9 years old when we landed on the moon and I can remember it like it was yesterday.
I found out about this latest project in an article on wlns.com. Apparently, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas announced the results of the site-selection process to determine the best location for a horizontal space launch facility in Michigan. And Oscoda, in northeast lower Michigan, topped the list. It's part of a $2 million supplemental appropriation for fiscal year 2019 for a state grant to assess the feasibility of developing one or more low Earth orbit launch sites and command center. The project is known as the Michigan Launch Initiative and has been developed by the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association.
Did you know there are 280 companies certified as aerospace manufacturers with another 600 Michigan companies that support those companies? It’s estimated that the aerospace industry currently has a $1.2 billion impact on Michigan’s economy.