Construction is now under way on a $15.6 million research and instructional facility at Morehead State University that will house the Ronald G. Eaglin Space Science Center.
The new center will serve as a research and development facility for fundamental and applied research and for instruction in the university’s space science and astrophysics degree programs. MSU is one of only four institutions in the United States to offer a bachelor’s degree in space science.
The 45,000-square-foot facility will include a control center for a 21-meter space antenna system, laboratories, an anechoic chamber that mimics the electromagnetic environment of space, an advanced computing facility, a rooftop antenna test range, fabrication laboratory, classrooms, offices and reception area, and a digital Star Theatre that will have the capability to host special events such as planetarium shows and IMAX-style movies. D. D. W. Wilburn Inc., of Lexington, is the general contractor for the project, with Hastings and Chivetta of St. Louis, Mo., serving as the project architect. Work is expected to be complete in early 2009.