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ROWAN COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) - Horses, bourbon, and basketball area all things that come to mind when people talk about Kentucky, but thanks to a cutting edge program at Morehead State University, graduates are on the forefront of space science education and engineering.

For example, GPS systems in drones are researched and developed by graduates of Morehead State's Earth and Space Sciences Department.

"This just gives Morehead tremendous viability as a place where technology is not only being deployed, but it's being invented," said Bob Schena, CEO of Rajant.

Rajant is a company that specializes in wireless communication networks.  The company has partnered with Morehead State and moved offices to the area to create those networks.

On Wednesday, Congressman Hal Rogers and Robert Lightfoot, the acting NASA administrator, gave a presentation at Morehead to talk about how the program is helping brand Kentucky as a hub for aerospace engineering.

"For students who desire an exciting career in space, this is the place to be.  In eastern Kentucky at Morehead State University," said Congressman Rogers.

In the near future, Morehead State will be added to NASA's Deep Space Network.  It's a communications system that makes it possible for NASA to track deep space probes.

The technology will be built in Morehead and it will be one of only four locations for the network in the entire world.

"I always dreamed I would be working with NASA and talking to the NASA administrator," said Kennedy Haught, a graduate student. "I thought it would be a lot longer before I was in this situation."

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