Morehead to Join Deep Space Network

 21m Steerable Antenna, Morehead State University

21m Steerable Antenna, Morehead State University

Situated in a radio quiet part of the country and driven by the staff and students of its Space Science Center, Morehead State is on track to become the first university to join NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN).

Following upgrades, the university's antenna will join the three DSN assets in California, Spain and Australia, which track and communicate with numerous robotic explorers from Mercury to Pluto and beyond. The 21m dish (pictured above) will be the first non-NASA asset in that global network.

I guess when you're building a Sam's Club Wheaties Box-sized lunar orbiter set to fly in 2018, an antenna compatible with NASA's DSN will come in handy.

Stay curious™