The annual aerospace industry day “IF Aerospace” was hosted by Morehead State University and the Innovation Network at the Morehead Conference Center on Wednesday, April 19.
The idea behind the event is to bring aerospace companies in Kentucky together with state government and with research centers and universities to discuss the future of the aerospace industry in the Commonwealth. Aerospace is the number one economic driver in the state, surpassing $10.8 billion in 2016.
Attendees heard inspiring talks by Todd May, NASA Marshal Spaceflight Center director; Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton; Rep. Rocky Adkins; Kris Kimel, Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation president; Stewart Ditto, Kentucky Aerospace Industry Consortium CEO; Jeff Kruth, MSU’s Space Science Center; and interactive panels that included representatives from Space Tango LLC., Twiggs SpaceLab, Kentucky Innovation Network, Kentucky Department of Aviation, Dataseam, GE, SpaceTrek, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, Southwest Virginia Technology Council, and the Inventors Council of Central Kentucky.
IF Aerospace is a non-profit industry conference sponsored by Morehead State University, Space Tango, Kentucky Innovation Network, MSU Space Science Center and Dataseam.
To see photos from the conference, visit Flikr.
Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Malphrus, Space Science Center executive director, at 606-783-2381.