**Media Advisory** Sen. Stamas to make key announcement regarding satellite launch facility in Michigan

**Media Advisory** Sen. Stamas to make key announcement regarding satellite launch facility in Michigan

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas on Tuesday will announce the results of the site-selection process to determine the best location for a horizontal space launch facility in Michigan.

Who:
Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist;
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland;
Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine;
Gavin Brown, president of the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association; and
Representatives from interested communities and locations.

What:
A press conference announcing the results of the site-selection process to determine the best location for a horizontal space launch facility in Michigan.

When:
Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 9:30 a.m.

Where:
Michigan Capitol
Room 405
Lansing

Brief:
Stamas helped finalize 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.

Michigan’s aerospace industry is robust. 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.

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