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The Plan to Make Michigan the Next Space State

by Siddhi Ashar, Apr 25
1 minute read

A proposed spaceport project near Lake Superior has residents both excited and worried. The plan for this vertical launch spot has been formulated by the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association and should be fully operational by 2026.

photo of network satellite taking off

The locals recognise the project’s economic benefits but have raised several environmental concerns especially as the rockets will fly over Lake Superior.

So what?

With the increased interest in commercial space, such a project should not come as a surprise. In 2021 we witnessed several commercial space launches with the promise of more mainstream air travel within the decade. The spaceport holds the economic promise of increased jobs and capital to the region with tourists flocking to witness launches.

What remains to explore is the impact on the local environment with Lake Superior being vast enough to have its own weather systems? If more regions would adopt similar plans, how would urban resiliency be created and navigated as we face rising climate impacts on earth while also looking regularly at new frontiers?

What would this mean for us as explorers?



by Siddhi Ashar Spotted 26 signals

With a background in international studies and filmmaking, Siddhi works with the Futures Centre team to creatively push our current imaginaries and create more positive visions of futures rooted in equity. Her works centers around challenging common narratives and working agilely to bring forth more representative ones. Through her role at the Futures Centre, she focuses on the answering the question, how can better climate communication and visioning help stakeholders work together and act intently, empathetically and urgently?

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