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WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved $1.6 million for Morehead State University (MSU) to develop and test solar power technologies applicable to satellites. The Senate is expected to vote on this final 2010 defense spending legislation soon.

“Modern military technology development is happening right here in Rowan County,” said Rogers. “MSU is leading the way in innovative thinking and solutions that will help to strengthen our military and keep our country safe. This Defense Department funding will jumpstart solar panel design for satellites creating new efficiencies and improved resiliency. These satellites are part of the United States’ strategic advantage, giving our soldiers the cutting edge technology, intelligence, and communications they need to perform their critical missions.”
The Space Science Center at MSU supports the U.S. aerospace and electronics industries by pursuing research and development in small satellite systems and micro technologies, and by training a space-related workforce of graduates with these skills. MSU is working with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command to look at increasing the power available from solar cells through innovative mechanical structures and by increasing surface area. This effort is in direct support of the Army’s mission to develop nano-satellites to meet tactical warfighter requirements.

Through his role as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Rogers supports important initiatives for the Fifth Congressional District.