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Morehead’s growing aerospace industry focus of visit by NASA administrator Lightfoot

NASA’s acting administrator visited the Morehead State Space Science Center this week to learn about the growing aerospace industry in Morehead.

Robert Lightfoot was joined by Congressman Harold Rogers and MSU President Dr. Jay Morgan for a private tour of the Space Science Center Wednesday morning. Their visit was to learn more about Kentucky’s number one export: aerospace technology.

NASA acting administrator Robert Lightfoot gives a presentation on his agency’s plans Wednesday at the Morehead Conference Center, after he toured Morehead State University’s Space Science Center (Photo by Hunter Boggs/MSU)

After the tour, the group addressed the public at the Morehead Conference Center about the future of NASA and how they are planning to work with MSU students.

Lightfoot presented the long-term projects of NASA to show exactly how space science is developing and why it is so important, especially in Morehead. He addressed NASA’s plans to make Morehead home to the fifth Deep Space Network facility in the world.

“Morehead State University is at the forefront of the aerospace and aviation research and development in Kentucky,” said Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton. “This is absolutely going to be beneficial to the state of Kentucky.”

Rogers was the initial helping hand in getting Lightfoot to come to Morehead when Dr. Morgan reached out to him last year.

“It’s amazing how far the space science curriculum at this university has come in such a short time,” said Rogers. “You’re going to have times when it gets hard in school,” said Lightfoot when he addressed the space science students in the crowd. “I encourage you to press through, because the reward at the other end, getting to do [aerospace engineering] is so worth it.”

Morgan made the opening and introducedHampton, who spoke about her excitement at the notable strides from MSU’s Space Science Program.

The presentation concluded with an outdoor drone software demonstration that will eventually be gifted to the Morehead Police Department for quick responses to break-ins.

From Morehead State University

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