A spaceport is a facility for launching spacecraft. Space-X and NASA's Kennedy Space Center are large famous spaceports. Many smaller spaceports also exist around the world. The smaller spaceport proposed for Marquette County, MI would launch rockets vertically from launch pads on the ground.
Initially it was advertised that there might be 6 launches annually at the Marquette spaceport. Then Gavin Brown, Executive Director of Michigan Aerospace Manufacturing Association, stated an average year will bring “anywhere from 20 to 36.” But the 2020 reports claim “as many as 60.” Given weather, it’s fair to assume that most will be in the spring and summer. So that might mean a launch every 3 days.
Granot Loma is the site of the proposed spaceport in Marquette County, MI.
It is an estate located on County Road 550 north of Marquette, Michigan and it is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The estate of Granot Loma sits on 5,180 acres of woodland located along the Lake Superior shore.
Rockets launching from Granot Loma would disrupt recreation along the 550 corridor. The following public recreational sites are within close proximity to Granot Loma:
Donnelly Preserve, Eagle's Nest Coastal Preserve, Echo Lake Preserve, Harlow Lake Preserve, Hogback Mountain, Hiawatha Water Trail, Little Garlic River, Little Presque Isle Beach, Noquemanon Trails at Saux Head Point, North Country Trails, Sugarloaf Mountain, Wetmore Landing, Yellow Dog River.
The pristine and ecologically sensitive lakeshore at Granot Loma will require creation of an extremely intense industrial use zone:
A heavy industrial rocket launch zone within pristine wilderness and coastline would damage the ecosystem, endanger public safety, and adversely impact our regional recreational-based economy.
Who came up with the spaceport idea?
Click here to read Marquette County's explanation for this proposed spaceport.
Click here to read an in-depth article we wrote about the intentionally misleading way this spaceport was proposed.
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