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Lexington Research Bound For The International Space Station


Lexington might seem a long way from NASA headquarters, but technology nurtured in Central Kentucky is already having an impact on International Space Station research. And more is on the way thanks to a grant from the Kentucky Economic Development Authority.

With the extra $84,000, the Kentucky Science and Technology Corp. plans on opening a new Space Lab in Lexington.

"Most people don't realize there's actually quite a bit of emerging space-related research technology and companies that are growing up around here," corporation head Kris Kimel observes.

Kimel says the offshoot of Kentucky Space will continue developing what are called CubeSats, or miniature satellites used for space research.

"They're about the size of a square Kleenex box and they have come about really in the last five or six, seven years through the miniaturization of technology," he explains. "And those small spacecraft are now being launched and used all around the world. They're very small, modest cost, but very high value."

Also under the same umbrella will be an Exomedicine Lab focused on biomedical research. Kimel says conditions in space effectively scramble physical processes, allowing researchers to test new treatments and bioengineering efforts that could wind up traveling from the ISS  all the way to your local pharmacy.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.