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Michigan Looks to Enter Satellite Launch Business

By | March 18, 2019
Gavin Brown, executive director of the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association, leads the Michigan Launch Initiative and is photographed at his hotel in Sterling Heights, Mich. on Friday, March 15, 2019. The Initiative wants to build a rocket launch site for commercial satellites in northern Michigan. Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press

Gavin Brown, executive director of the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association, leads the Michigan Launch Initiative and is photographed at his hotel in Sterling Heights, Mich. on Friday, March 15, 2019. Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press

Michigan was a major force in the early Space Age, when Chrysler made rockets that carried astronauts and General Motors built the electric buggies they used to explore the moon.

Now, a few visionaries are planning the state’s return to space with an ambitious proposal to build a private launch site for commercial satellites in Northern Michigan.

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