U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved $2 million for Morehead State University (MSU) to develop and test solar power technologies applicable to satellites. Rogers secured this funding in H.R. 3326, the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, which has passed the House of Representatives and awaits further action by the U.S. Senate.
“Our brave men and women in uniform deserve the very best technology to keep our country safe,” said Rogers. “Morehead State University is leading the way in developing innovative solutions that will strengthen our military operations and ability to perform precision tactical warfare. By undertaking satellite solar power research, MSU is doing its part to give our warfighters confidence in the tools necessary to effectively carry-out 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.