The Sterling Heights-based Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) has begun the search for a site to locate a command and control center to manage commercial satellite operations and potentially provide the support to the U.S. Department of Defense’s new Space Force.
The high-tech communications center will work with MAMA’s proposed vertical and horizontal launch facilities in the northern part of the state. Announcements regarding the locations of those facilities are expected in the coming months.
“As we continue to build Michigan’s international space influence with technology, manufacturing, and launch assets, providing a communications telemetry center will enhance our leadership growth in the space satellite industry,” says Gavin Brown, executive director of MAMA. “Providing a complete ecosystem of value to the commercial and DOD space marketplace is what we are building.”
MAMA says it is collaborating with partners like the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the Michigan National Guard to build a command and control center to support the launch and daily operations of satellites.
The process to select the Michigan satellite command and control communications center starts site already has begun. MAMA will be accepting letters of interest from communities and entities through Feb. 14. Requests for information and the requirements detailing the process will be provided to qualified applicants. Site submissions will be evaluated on a variety of technical, economic, and physical factors.
“Michigan’s people and rich history of building industries that lead the U.S., with engineering, technology, and manufacturing expertise, creates the basis for us to be leaders in space,” says Brown.