The Space Fellowship has posted a very nice article on the ribbon cutting ceremony at Morehead State University for its brand new Space Sciences Center, also pointing out that Morehead's 21 meter radio antenna will serve as the ground control facility for KySat-1, part of an expanding infrastructure (and here) designed to support the efforts of Kentucky Space. The event was attended by a number of dignitaries, including Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.
Kentucky Space advisor MSU Professor of Space Science Dr. Ben Malphrus had this to say:
For Dr. Malphrus, professor of space science and director of the SSC, the wait was worth it.
'This is a dream come true. This is a major milestone for the Space Science program at Morehead State University. The new facility will greatly enhance our capacity to develop, test, validate and operate spacecraft systems. The new laboratories and research infrastructure will allow us to engage our students in engineering design efforts for space systems and intimately involve them in astrophysics research,' said Dr. Malphrus.
'The facility will support the Kentucky Space program’s goal of creating a cottage aerospace industry in the commonwealth and greatly expand our role in Kentucky’s space enterprise. Generations of students will be trained in this facility that will support not only scientific research but also an industry vital to the nation’s economy and security as we enter a new space age.'
MSU is among only five institutions in the U.S. with a bachelor’s degree in space science.
Check out the entire article!