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UP chosen for vertical launch, autonomous vehicle testing sites

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Marquette County has been selected as a vertical launch site by the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association.

The MAMA announced the selection Thursday just months after Oscoda was chosen for a horizontal launch site.

MAMA CEO Gavin Brown says Marquette County scored the highest on a 45-factor feasibility analysis.

“Including workforce development, population, the trajectory for getting into polar orbit,” said Brown.

Chippewa County was also selected for an autonomous vehicle proving ground.

Sterling Heights has already submitted a bid to become a command and control center. That decision could come in November.