MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – The Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) announced last week that the Marquette area had been selected as a new vertical space launch site, kickstarting the nation’s next chapter in commercial, government and defense aerospace operations.
After a year-long selection process, the Granot Loma property in Powell Township was chosen alongside Oscoda due to its existing commercial and public infrastructure, geographic and terrestrial mapping, living standards and workforce development. The total project will create more than 2,000 jobs to start, while generating demand for as many as 40,000 new jobs statewide to create a space development ecosystem by the time operations begin in early 2025.
In response to the announcement, State Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, had the following to say:
“Due to the highly competitive nature of the selection site process for low orbit satellite launches in the United States right now, I understand how Thursday’s announcement has left residents with a lot of questions. For some, it’s left a lot of anger.
“With Upper Peninsula legislators being informed Tuesday of the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Associations (MAMA) choice for its vertical launch site to be situated just north of the City of Marquette, I was also surprised to hear we had now won the selection site for these launches. Knowing it was too risky to launch vertical satellites over residential areas, I thought K.I. Sawyer and our region was out of the running. I also thought the opportunity to bring a growing aerospace industry here that could bring 2,000 high paying jobs locally was lost. Last week we heard that it was not.
“If MAMA is successful with permitting at the local, state and national level that could take up