Morehead State College will quickly host a second NASA house antenna

MOREHEAD, Ky. (WKYT) – A second space training antenna used by NASA will soon be a new landmark on a campus in eastern Kentucky.

The spring semester is back in session at Morehead State University, and as students find their way to class, a large device hovering overhead tracks activities millions of miles away.

“It is now mainly used for space tracking,” said Dr. Ben Malphrus, Executive Director of the MSU Space Science Center.

The new antenna from California will focus on Earth orbit.

“We’re talking several hundred to a thousand kilometers in altitude,” said Dr. Malphrus.

Students can send commands from Morehead into space.

“They send radio waves up and they turn them over and send them back. They can find out where the spaceship is and how it’s moving,” said Dr. Malphrus.

The new antenna will be built 200 feet from the 21 meter antenna overlooking the campus and town of Morehead.

“We’re trying to bring in these amazing young people with incredible skills and many of them can stay and work here in the Kentucky aerospace industry,” said Dr. Malphrus.

He said these students would sit and do missions.

“Our graduates work in all NASA centers, aerospace companies across the country,” said Dr. Malphrus.

It’s a mission for education that starts now and should be completed by the end of 2022.

The Morehead State Space Science Center is also working on building a spacecraft that will orbit the moon later this year.

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A NASA team will visit the MSU campus next week.

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