Sen. MacDonald addresses national Air Space Cyber Conference

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald recently addressed congressional leaders regarding a proposed initiative to bring satellite launches to Michigan.

“It is truly an honor to have been invited to speak before the Air Force Association’s Air Space Cyber Conference to raise awareness of and promote Michigan’s important role in the aerospace and defense industry,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “The aerospace industry represents the potential for exciting opportunities for Macomb County and the entire state.”

The national conference was held in Washington D.C. on Sept. 13-15.

The Michigan Launch Initiative (MLI) is a proposed public-private nonprofit entity that would provide a collaborative platform for academia, industry and governmental agencies to provide low Earth orbit and hypersonic launch technology for commercial and defense applications.

Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township has been mentioned as a potential control center for the launches.

MacDonald has created a first-of-its-kind Michigan Legislative Aerospace and Defense Caucus in Lansing. The bipartisan caucus is co-chaired by Rep. Joe Tate, D-Detroit, and enables legislative colleagues and aerospace and defense experts to share their unique perspectives.


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