Morehead State College will quickly be residence to NASA’s area antenna

Posted: Feb 6, 2021 / 12:43 PM CST
Updated: February 6, 2021 / 12:43 PM CST

A second space training antenna used by NASA will soon be a new landmark on the Morehead State University campus. (WDKY)

MOREHEAD, Ky. (WDKY) – A second space training antenna used by NASA will soon be a new landmark on the Morehead State University campus.

The 21-meter antenna that is already at the top of the hill is now used to track space, which means anything that goes well beyond Earth orbit.

The 12 meter antenna was relocated from California. On Friday, workers began digging the hole where it will be built on the summit overlooking Morehead. It will track and command spaceships closer to Earth.

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The antenna can be used to instruct space stations to turn an instrument on or off from Morehead. Students can also use it during construction.

Dr. Ben Malphrus of the Space Science Center says the antennas will allow the center to test new technologies and generate revenue.

“When you think of Kentucky you usually think of the whole blood industry or the distillation industry or the automotive industry. All of this is extremely important, but when you measure the metrics related to manufactured goods exports, aerospace is number one in this state, “said Dr. Malphrus.

The completion of the antenna is planned for the end of next year.

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